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We all knew #AppleTax was coming, so why did Government not have answers ready?

Posted on September 04, 2016

In today's Mail on Sunday our Party Leader Brendan Howlin has a piece on his reaction to the Government not being prepeared for Apple Tax and why we need to close more tax loopholes. 

Kids went back to school this week. But not by accident.

Over the last few weeks, parents have been buying schoolbags and uniforms, and bracing themselves for an emotional day if they have kids starting school for the first time. Teachers have been getting ideas and lesson plans ready to start inspiring the next generation. Parents, teachers and kids themselves have been getting ready.

For reasons I can’t understand, our Government wasn’t able to get itself ready for an even bigger day - the day that the EU decided Apple owed us €19bn.

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Labour at Electric Picnic

Posted on September 04, 2016

This weekend, Alan Kelly TD and Ivana Bacik spoke at the Newstalk Lounge at Electric Picnic. You can watch their contributions below


Alan participated in Have I Got Newstalk for You - looking over on the top news stories from the past few months.


Ivana outlined Labour's stall on why we need to #repealthe8th - watch what she had to say below :



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Labour Women to host bi-annual conference

Posted on September 02, 2016

The National Bi-Annual Conference of Labour Women will be held on Saturday 17th September 2016 in the Oak Room of the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 11am until 5pm. From 11am-1pm we will have a panel discussion on “A Feminist Republic” with guest speakers, followed by an address by the Party Leader, Brendan Howlin TD. We will also be awarding the Rosie Hackett Award to a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women in Ireland. We will then break for a light lunch and the AGM will take place during the afternoon session from 2pm-5pm.

Here is some info you will need if you plan on attending the conference

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Inaugural Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary awarded to Eimear Mowlds

Posted on August 10, 2016


The winner of the inaugural Labour Party Richard O'Carroll Empowerment Bursary has been awarded to Eimear Mowlds, a third year Deaf Studies student at Trinity College Dublin.

Eimear is from Drimnagh, and attended the Presentation Secondary School in Warrenmount, Dublin 8, before starting her third level studies.

The bursary was launched by the Labour Party as part of our 1916 Rising Centenary Commemorations, to remember the life and legacy of Cllr Richard O'Carroll, a Labour Party founder and trade unionist.

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Unlocking the Door - Labour's Housing Plan

Posted on July 18, 2016

Earlier today our Housing and Planning Spokesperson, Jan O'Sullivan TD launched our Social and Affordable Housing Bill 2016 with Willie Penrose TD and Cllr Duncan Smith.


The purpose of this Bill is to amend various pieces of legislation in order to make improvements to the current serious shortage in supply of housing for sale or for rent at affordable prices, and to ensure a stable and functioning housing market.

This Bill is set in the context of looking at the constitutional balance between the rights of private property and the principle of social justice and the common good. And while it represents a strong and comprehensive legislative response to the issues, it has to be acknowledged that legislation alone, cannot fix everything.

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Howlin questions Tánaiste on Section 38 agencies' board and corporate governance compliance

Posted on July 12, 2016

Leaders' Questions today saw the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin seek answers on whether all section 38 agencies are in full compliance with HSE requirements on corporate governance.

Deputy Howlin asked:

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Re-presenting, regrowing, relaunching Labour in Cork

Posted on July 11, 2016

Continuing his tour of Labour Party branches around the country, the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin was in Cork on Monday. The visit started off in Fermoy with Deputy Sean Sherlock, moving onto Cork City with Kathleen Lynch and Ciaran Lynch before taking part in a Q&A session with party members at a packed meeting of various party branches that evening. 

Throughout the day we shared details of the visit on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat accounts and here's a sample of just some what we posted online. 






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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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