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New Executive Board elected

Posted on April 26, 2017

This weekend at #LP17 we elected a new Executive Board of the Labour Party. Well done to all elected.

Chairperson

  • Jack O'Connor – Newbridge, Kildare South

National Treasurer

  • Gina Doolan - Kilkenny/C Smyth Branch, Carlow-Kilkenny

Executive Board

Panel of Men:

  • Patrick Cole - Swords, Dublin Fingal
  • Robert Dowds - Clondalkin, Dublin Mid-West
  • Adrian Kane - Blackrock/Mahon, Cork South Central

Panel of Women:

  • Martina Genockey - Tallaght South, Dublin South West
  • Valerie McDermott - Hugh Nevin, Dun Laoghaire
  • Catherine Walsh - Wexford Town, Wexford

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Labour must focus on Greening of Ireland

Posted on April 26, 2017

Labour member in Dún Laoghaire, Adam Hurley writes about our Greening of Ireland discussion at our 69th Annual Conference.

On Saturday we held a lively discussion on our "Greening of Ireland" policy document where members, elected representatives and guest speakers outlined the challenges facing the environment and how Labour plans on tackling climate change.

A 'Just Transition' for those working in the fossil fuel industry was viewed as critical to support the livelihoods of workers in rural areas.

 

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Jack O'Connor elected as new Party Chairperson

Posted on April 26, 2017

At #LP17 - Jack O'Connor was elected as the new Chairperson of the Labour Party.

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Jack O’Connor has been General President of SIPTU since 2003, having been re-elected in 2006 for a second term and in 2011 for a third term.

He was also President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) from July 2009 until July 2011 and served previously as Vice President from mid-2007. He has been a member of the Executive Council of Congress since 2000.

Born in 1957, O’Connor is a native of North County Dublin. Employed in the agriculture, construction and local authority sectors, he was a trade union activist before becoming a full-time Branch Secretary of the former Federated Workers’ Union of Ireland in 1980.

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We need young, vibrant, intelligent women like Deirdre Kingston on our Dáil team

Posted on April 20, 2017

In the last of our pre-#LP17 selection conventions, Cllr Deirdre Kingston was selected as our candidate for Dún Laoighaire.

 

For Deirdre, being a local representative is about honesty, it is about hard work and most of all, it is about putting the people you represent first. Deirdre plays a strong role in pursuing important policies on housing, transport, planning and community spaces on Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. 

Some of the things Deirdre wants to campaign on are:

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We need a strong Labour Party in Dublin North-West

Posted on April 20, 2017

Earlier this week, members in Dublin North West selected Andrew Montague as our candidate in the constituency. 

 

As a Councillor on Dublin City Council, Andrew has delivered many things for the City but the achievement he is most known for is delivering Dublin Bikes to Dublin. This scheme has been expanded to Cork and Limerick.

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Rebecca Moynihan is flying the Labour flag in Dublin South-Central

Posted on April 20, 2017

We're delighted that Rebecca Moynihan has been selected to run for us in Dublin South-Central, in the next General Election.

 

Rebecca is currently a councillor for Crumlin-Kimmage. Her priorities include: 

  • Providing more green and play spaces in the inner city
  • Campaigning against cuts in community services and drugs task forces
  • Making Dublin a Green city though more green spaces, allotments, and better recycling facilities
  • Tacking the scourge of anti social behaviour and crime in our neighbourhoods
  • Ensuring we have planning which is led by the needs of the community and not in the interests of developers
  • Stimulating the Dublin 8 economy and supporting small businesses in the community
  • Supporting improvements in cycling facilities and public transport

Speaking at her selection convention Rebecca said "

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Gender Inequality in the Workplace

Posted on April 12, 2017

The Ireland our daughters are born into today is vastly different to the country of our grandmothers, and their mothers before them.

Women have served as our President and as TDs and Ministers in greater numbers. Women in charge of major corporations, sporting associations or media outlets are becoming the norm, not the exception. It’s certainly a long time since any majority would contend that a woman’s place is ‘in the home’.

And yet, while Ireland has gradually transformed into a new society with far greater parity between women and men, there is still much work to be done.

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Senator Ged Nash to be first Labour candidate selected for next General Election

Posted on April 12, 2017

Tonight, the lad from Drogeda will be our first candidate selected for the next General Election. 

Ged is committed to tackling low pay, campaigning for a Living Wage for all and improving workers’ rights. 

While a Minister, he established the Low Pay Commission and accepted its recommendation to increase the National Minimum Wage to €9.15, improving the pay of more than 124,000 people at the beginning of this year. He also introduced new Collective Bargaining Legislation to allow workers, aided by a trade union, to advance claims about pay and conditions and have these decided by the Labour Court based on comparisons with other companies.

 

Tackling the casualisation of work and the gig economy

Posted on April 10, 2017

Too many people work without any knowledge of how much, if any, work they will have the following week. People need security and stability in their working lives.

There is a profound difference between flexible work arrangements that are freely negotiated, to mutual benefit, and multi-nationals hiring huge chunks of their workforce on low-hour, if-and-when contracts.

Part-time work, fixed-term contracts, agency work and, in recent times with the large-scale adoption of smartphones, the so-called gig economy, have been part of a trend of casualisation of workforces in many countries.

Those working in the gig economy make themselves available to provide service on an ad hoc basis in return for a fee which is split between the person who performs the service and the company.

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State is crucial in creating a low-carbon economy

Posted on April 06, 2017

As a party, Labour is committed to State activism and intervention. The role of the State will be particularly critical in our transition to a low-carbon, and ultimately zero-carbon, economy. The market alone will not deliver the fundamental change that needs to happen.

Sustainable energy is worth €1.5bn to the economy and employs 18,000 people. This can only increase. It will more than compensate for the inevitable loss of employment in older energy sectors, playing a huge part in a just transition for workers in these sectors.

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