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Cherishing Children - our Manifesto for Children

Posted on May 25, 2009 at 05:10 PM

Cherishing Children - Eamon Gilmore TD with Pippa Long (4) and Tom Boran (5) at the launch of Cherishing Children
Eamon Gilmore TD with Pippa Long (4) and Tom Boran (5) at the launch of Cherishing Children

"The Labour Party's Manifesto for Children puts children at the heart of how we organise our society", the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD said today speaking at the launch of our manifesto for children 'Cherishing Children' which was also attended by Deputy Leader Joan Burton and our by-election candidates Senator Alex White (Dublin South and Senator Ivana Bacik (Dublin Central).

The will to create a better future for our children is one of the most powerful drivers of progress. This recession may slow that progress, but it must not be allowed to reverse it. Unlike the Taoiseach, we in the Labour Party do believe that the future will be better for our children. It can and will be better, but not measured only in material terms, but also by the status of children in our society, the quality of the environment we pass on to them, and by the reach of their opportunities.

Among the measures contained in the manifesto are pre-school years for all three to four year olds, reinstating the school book grant scheme and reversing the axing of special needs classes.

You can download our manifesto for children 'Cherishing Children' from our policy section. Photographs from the launch are also available on Flickr.

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