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Working better with the SDLP in light of Brexit result

Posted on July 07, 2016

Yesterday our Party Leader Brendan Howlin met Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) leader Colum Eastwood MLA, Claire Hanna and Alex Attwood with Seán Sherlock TD to talk about how our two parties can work better together in light of the shocking Brexit result.

Deputy Howlin and Colum Eastwood will further their discussions at theParty of European Socialists Leaders' meeting in Paris tonight.

Read Brendan Howlin's speech to the Dáil in the aftermath of #Brexit. 

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Collective Bargaining for freelancers passes Committee Stage in Seanad

Posted on July 06, 2016

Our Labour Senators were delighted today that their Bill to ensure collective bargaining for freelance workers passed committee stage in the Seanad with cross-party support.



We caught up with our spokesperson on Labour Affairs Senator Ged Nash to chat about what the Bill means for freelance workers.


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This Government's plan on broadband is short-termism.

Posted on July 06, 2016

During today's Leaders' Questions, Brendan Howlin said the Government's decision on broadband is short-termism & not in the public interest.



Brendan spoke about the battle with Fine Gael whilst we were in Government to protect vital public services and how the Government is going about the roll-out of broadband in the wrong way.


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The Taoiseach is losing his authority both on #Brexit and within his own cabinet-Brendan Howlin

Posted on July 05, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions Party Leader Brendan Howlin said that the Taoiseach is losing his authority after his idea for an All-Island Forum was publicly slapped down by First Minister Arlene Foster.


Deputy Howlin criticised the Government for their divided position on the Fatak Foetal Abnormalities Bill being voted on in the Dáil this week.

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'Do-Nothing' Dáil kicks progress on schools down the road

Posted on June 29, 2016

Last night our Education Spokesperson Joan Burton brought our Equal Status (Access to Schools) Bill 2016 to the floor of the Dáil. The Bill seeks to make it easier for parents to send their children to their local school, regardless of faith. The vote on the Bill is due to take place on Thursday - find out if your local TD will support it by contacting them on [email protected] (e.g. [email protected])

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Has the Oireachtas ever been asked by Government to legislate contrary to European law?

Posted on June 28, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader Brendan Howlin asked the Tánaiste if Water Services Bill going through the Dáil this week is unconstitutional and against EU law.

Deputy Howlin outlined his concerns that the Government was now asking the Oireachtas to pass law that is contrary to European Law and if the passing of the Water Services Bill - essentially suspending water charges would leave us open to a massive legal challenge from the European Commission?


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Mayors in chairs

Posted on June 28, 2016


Last night Cllr Brendan Carr was elected Lord Mayor of Dublin and Cllr Rebecca Moynihan was elected Deputy Lord Mayor. 

You can find out more about Brendan and Rebecca on our website. 


In South Dublin County Council Cllr Martina Genockey was elected Deputy Mayor while Cllr Terry O'Brien was elected Cathaoirleach of Kerry County Council.

Well done to everyone and we wish you all the best of luck for a productive term of office. 

  Mayor of Kerry Cllr Terry O Brien

You can follow Deputy Lord Mayor Rebecca Moynihan on Twitter and Leas Cathaoirleach Martina Genockey

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EU must reject impulse to act swiftly and harshly against Britain-Brendan Howlin

Posted on June 27, 2016

Reflecting on the tragic result of the EU Referendum in Britain Brendan Howlin today offered his sympathy and solidarity to the millions of young Britons who voted to remain in the Europeal Union.


Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Brendan Howlin said "It is critical at his juncture that what happens now makes the best of this bad lot for Irish citizens of the EU. That is the task that faces the Taoiseach and his Government. It is one that we will support them in and hold them accountable for."


Launching our Equal Status (Admission to Schools) Bill

Posted on June 27, 2016

Today we launched our Equal Status (Admission to Schools) Bill with the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin, Deputy Joan Burton and Senator Aodhan Ó Riordain. The Bill, which will be debated during Private Members' Time on Tuesday evening while the vote will be held on Wednesday. The Bill seeks to make it easier for parents to send their children to their local school, regardless of faith.

You can read the wording on the BIll in our policy section, and you can also find more information on the Bill here.  

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A wonderful day at Dublin Pride

Posted on June 26, 2016

We had a great day yesterday with all the thousands of other people who turned out in Dublin to celebrate this year's annual Dublin Pride parade. Labour members and reps were joined by the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin who said the parade is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together to celebrate our diversity.

He also said that while the passing of the Marriage Equality referendum last year was a major advance in LGBT rights and one that we can be so proud of as a nation that 'we cannot become complacent when it comes to LGBT rights'.

Well done to all the organisers and to our Labour LGBT for all their work on the day. 

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