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Day 2 #GE16 : A Job for Everyone Who Wants One

Posted on February 04, 2016

Today we launched our Standing up for Jobs Plan  - our plan is to reach full employment by 2018. There will be a job for everyone who wants one. Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Ged Nash launched the plan in the Boann Distillery in Drogehda. 

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Labour is the party of work. Work gives us dignity and purpose, as well as improving the quality of our lives. We are facing into a decade of opportunity, and our plans are based on delivering one simple, but powerful promise – a job for everyone who wants one.

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#GE16 - We're Off!

Posted on February 03, 2016

Today President Michael D. Higgins dissolved the 31st Dáil. The General Election will be held on Friday, February 26th. 

As a party, we are ready for #GE16 - our candidates have been out knocking on doors meeting people, election teams are putting up posters today and Tánaiste Joan Burton is ready to go around the country on the Leaders' Tour.

The Tánaiste Joan Burton talking to staff in our HQ about the coming weeks and #GE16

You can follow our campaign on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram , Flickr , Youtube , Snapchat (thelabourparty)

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Standing up for Ireland's Future- Tánaiste Joan Burton at #LP16

Posted on January 30, 2016

Over the weekend at national conference, the Party Leader Joan Burton revealed Labour's ambitious plans for Ireland's future. You can read her speech below or watch it back from the video.

 

This will be a year of profound journeys for Ireland.

We’ll journey back in time, to 1916, to reflect on the spark that lit the flame of independence.

We’ll journey to airports, ferries and train stations, to see our loved ones return home in great numbers as the recovery gathers pace.

And we’ll journey to the polls in our millions, to chart the way forward for our country.

We’ll start from different places and with different emotions.

But we’ll share the same objectives, concerns, and desires.

That our families are healthy and happy.

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View from #LP16: Labour Conversations

Posted on January 30, 2016

On Saturday morning, we held our Labour Conversations moderated by Norah Casey which outlined how we are going to Stand up for Ireland's Future through four different panels- Standing up for Working People, Standing up for Jobs, Standing up for Families and Standing up for Modern Ireland. 

Minister Brendan Howlin opened the session by talking about how far we have come in the past few years and how we now have a stable economy. Minister Howlin warned conference about the instability that would ensue if Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin were in government. We have come too far to risk the recovery we have carefully restored.

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Dublin Action Plan for Jobs Launched

Posted on January 26, 2016

Dublin Action Plan for Jobs

Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin launched the Dublin Action Plan for Jobs in Butlers Chocolate in Coolock. The Dublin Action Plan for Jobs, aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth in the capital over the coming years which will result in 66,000 additional jobs by 2020.

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The water has subsided - let's prioritise flood protection-Minister Alan Kelly

Posted on January 21, 2016

Alan Kelly

Minister for the Environment, Alan Kelly has written in today's Irish Independent about the devastating flooding that has happened in the last few months and how we need to prioritise a long-term plan for flood prevention. You can read the original article here.

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50,000 New Apprenticeships by 2020-Labour is Standing up for Young People

Posted on January 21, 2016

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Last night at our Connolly Cafe with Labour Youth , Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced if re-elected to Government Labour will create 50,000 additional apprenticeship places by 2020.

Since entering government in 2011 Labour Ministers for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and Jan O'Sullivan have made significant reforms in modernising the existing apprenticeship system through the work of the Apprenticeship Council. The planning and development of 25 new apprenticeship programmes is currently underway and will lead to a number of these progressing to enrolment later this year.

 

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Labour is Standing up for Working Families

Posted on January 17, 2016

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Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton together with Minister for Communications Alex White, John Lyons TD and Cllr Pamela Kearns launched our ‘Standing Up For Working Families’ campaign this afternoon.

The campaign is comprised of a series of meetings which will take place across the country over the next two weeks to highlight the ways Labour has and will continue to stand up for working families. 

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Instead of one emperor with no clothes- we now have two, Micheál Martin and Gerry Adams

Posted on January 15, 2016

Minister Brendan Howlin

Minister Brendan Howlin has explained in today's why Fianna Fáil & Sinn Féin don't care about the needs of Irish people or stable and balanced government. You can read the original article here

 

I've been in politics for a while. I've served in the Oireachtas since 1983.

But I've never seen an election like the one we are having now.

It's not one election, it's two.

The first election is about government. What will its policies and make-up be?

Normally, all parties are part of this discussion in one form or another. But not this time. That's what makes this election different.

Barring major upsets, we know some things about the outcome of the next election.

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We are setting an ambitious target of having 2.2 million people at work by 2020

Posted on January 13, 2016

Pathways to Work

Today Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan launched the Pathways to Work 2016-2020 strategy at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.

The Pathways to Work strategy is a plan that will enhance employment, education and training services for jobseekers, continue reforms to make work pay and to increase engagement with employers to provide greater opportunities for those seeking work.

Since the first Pathways to Work strategy was introduced at the peak of the unemployment crisis, unemployment has significantly fallen from 15.1% to 8.8%.

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