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Capital review must be meaningful

Posted on March 05, 2017

Reflecting on the capital review, Leader of the Labour Party, Brendan Howlin writes about why the upcoming capital review must be meaningful.

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The Lord Giveth and the Lord taketh away. And so it is with Paschal Donohoe.

Three weeks ago, we were treated to an announcement of the Capital Review, the first truly post-crash opportunity to look at our capital funding requirements.

The following week, we were briefed on the contracting fiscal space for 2018 and the need for Ministers to pare back programmes in their Departments.

In need of headlines the Taoiseach recently told the IIEA that the plan would be a 10 year plan. More ambition or spreading the marmite more thinly. Look at the scope not the quantity. Who knows? Contradictions abound.

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When others talk, Labour acts on workers' rights

Posted on February 27, 2017

This week in the Dáil, Labour will yet again be advancing workers' rights.

On Tuesday evening, we will be using our Private Members' Business to advance our Competition (Amendment) Bill. 

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Opposition to Enda Kenny’s visit to Trump chimes with Labour values

Posted on February 08, 2017

In the Irish Times, Brendan Howlin has written about why Labour will continue to oppose Trump.

Five years ago, Fianna Fáil was struggling. They were attracting less support than they had received even in the 2011 election, and they were riven with internal divisions that resulted in Eamon Ó Cuív being sacked from the Fianna Fáil frontbench.

That a party which so spectacularly mismanaged our economy and oversaw the arrival of the troika has once more gain significant public support is encouraging for those of us in the Labour Party who worked to undo that damage, and who believe the the values of social democracy endure.

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What have we been up to this week?

Posted on February 05, 2017

We've had a busy week - Brendan Howlin has called on Enda Kenny not to attend the White House to visit Donald Trump on Paddy's Day-keep up to date with what Brendan has to say over on Twitter ( www.twitter.com/BrendanHowlin ) We joined Labour Youth and Labour Women at the American Embassy to protest Trump's Muslim Ban. UCD Labour were at UCD Refresher's Day. We joined SIPTU to celebrate the life of James Larkin. Senator Ged Nash 's bill to apologise to and exonerate gay man convicted of homosexuality received cross-party support in the Seanad. Brendan addressed the IIEA on the implications of Brexit on Ireland and the EU (read his full speech here ➡️ ‪ http://labr.ie/2kHtMM1‬ )

 

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Time to get real on Brexit, Enda

Posted on February 04, 2017

Joan Burton TD held a seminar in the Mansion House on the spring economic outlook. In this very well attended meeting we heard speakers from ESRI, IBEC and UCD. Joan also made the case for Ireland to have a special status in Brexit negotations.

 

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Brendan Howlin on the Irish Times podcast

Posted on February 02, 2017

 Listen below to the The Irish Times podcast with Brendan Howlin. In the podcast, Brendan chats to Hugh Linehan and Fiach Kelly about #LabourRebuild, our upcoming party conference and the state of social democracy in these changing times. Have a listen below,

 

 

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Bill will exonerate men convicted in past for homosexuality

Posted on January 31, 2017

Last week in the Seanad Senator Ged Nash launched our Bill to exonerate gay men convicted of homosexuality. In the The Irish Times he has a piece on why this Bill is an important gesture to older members of the LGBT community.

Eighteen months ago, on Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, our nation came together to declare that all people should be treated equally, no matter who they love.To the credit of the Irish people, they reacted to the proposal to allow for marriage equality with a generosity of spirit that was admired the world over.

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Tackling injustice at home and abroad

Posted on January 31, 2017

We are tackling injustice at home and abroad. Today we are highlighting Trump's #MuslimBan in the Dáil and tomorrow in the Seanad we are bringing forward a Bill to offer a long overdue apology to men who were convicted of homosexuality.

 

 

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Rise of Trump and inequality at home prove Labour is still needed

Posted on January 31, 2017

In today's Independent.ie, Brendan Howlin writes about how with the rise of Trump and inequality at home, Labour values are more important than ever. Get involved today www.labour.ie/get-involved #LabourRebuild

 

TEN days ago, like many people across Ireland, I watched with dismay as Donald Trump was inaugurated as US president and immediately began to roll back some of former president Barack Obama's many progressive achievements.

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As Social Democrats we must work together to make Europe work

Posted on December 14, 2016

Last night, in the Royal Irish Academy we held an event with the Party of European Socialists on the implications of Brexit on Ireland and Europe as a whole.

Hilary Benn MP spoke about the Brexit vote in the United Kingdom and how we can work together to ensure Brexit won't have negative impacts in Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

 

SDLP Finance spokesperson, Claire Hanna spoke about the SDLP 'Remain' campaign and the profound effect Brexit may have on the Peace Process.

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