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Leaders' Questions, November 15, 2012

Posted on November 15, 2012

Today at Leader's Questions, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, spoke about the report from the Expert Group, set up to review the X Case.

He said, "I do not think we, as a country, should allow a situation where women's lives are put at risk in this way. We must deal with the issue and bring legal clarity to it.... There have been six Governments in this State since the Supreme Court judgment in 1992 and they have not dealt with it. This will not be the seventh."


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Ireland claims historic seat on UN Human Rights Council

Posted on November 13, 2012

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addressing the UN General Assembly

With Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore at the helm, Ireland has secured its first ever seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Securing one of three of seats on the council reserved for western countries, Ireland faced competition from Sweden and Greece, yet won the seat receiving 124 votes, only seven fewer than the US and three fewer than Germany.

Welcoming the result, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said, "I am delighted and proud that Ireland has been elected to the UN Human Rights Council for the period 2013-15. This comes at the end of a hard-fought campaign which saw us pitted against four formidable competitors in our group, and I also want to congratulate the United States and Germany for also securing election.

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Minister O’Sullivan announces new Incremental Purchase Scheme

Posted on November 12, 2012

JanOSullivan_minister - Jan O'Sullivan TD
Jan O'Sullivan TD

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan, has announced major housing reforms which will allow more low income families to own their family home. Delivering on the Labour Party's commitment to reforming the housing sector, the new Incremental Purchase Scheme will replace the Tenant Purchase Scheme, and will see discounts being applied on the basis of a family's income rather than on the length of occupancy.

Extending to existing housing authority stock, and not just new houses as is currently the case, conditions of housing sales will incentivise people to stay in their community for a reasonable period after purchase. Minister O'Sullivan intends to bring forward legislation in 2013 on this revised Incremental Purchase Scheme.

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The days of the Golden Circle are over, Gilmore tells the Dáil

Posted on November 08, 2012

This morning's Leaders' Questions saw debate on SUSI and delays in awarding students grants, pensions and the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore expressed his outrage at the level of some bankers' pay and pensions and assured the House that 'the days of the golden circle are over'.

You can watch the entire debate on the accompanying video.

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Political parties unite for a YES vote on Saturday

Posted on November 07, 2012

Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch - calling for a YES vote

This morning members from all political parties met to campaign for a YES vote in Saturday's Children's Referendum. They were met by the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Minister of State Kathleen Lynch as well as other representatives of the Government and the YES for Children campaign.

After the event we spoke to Minister Lynch about what people can do between now and the end of polling to ensure a YES vote and you can hear what she said in the short audioboo clip below.

You can also see photographs from the event on our Flickr account.

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Government decides the location for the new Children's Hospital

Posted on November 06, 2012

Minister of State Alex White

Today the Government announced the location of the new Children's Hospital at St James's Hospital, representing the most important single building project in the State. The delivery of the National Children's Hospital was a key Labour commitment before the General Election and in the Programme for Government.

Funding for the project was ring-fenced by the Government last year and will pave the way for the construction of a hospital that will be of benefit to many future generations of children.

Minister Alex White said: "A building alone has no value without the health professionals to ensure the highest quality of care. This decision by Government will ensure the strongest possible concentration of clinical excellence being brought to bear on the treatment of sick children."

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Vote YES for Children

Posted on November 06, 2012

Vote Yes


On Saturday you will be asked to vote on the Children's Referendum, we are asking you to vote YES and below we have five simple arguments why you should vote YES.

Please do share this post with family and friends who may yet be undecided.


  • It will mean that Children will be recognised in their own right
  • It will provide an express statement of rights for all children in our constitution
  • It will make all children equal in the eyes of the law
  • It will give children a say on their future care
  • It will require Courts to listen to the child's view and to consider their best interests

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We are a movement as well as a Party - Gilmore tells Labour Youth Conference

Posted on November 05, 2012

An Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

On Friday evening the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore addressed the Labour Youth National Conference which was held in Kilkenny, you can read what he said in the post below.

I would like to start by taking the opportunity to welcome any of our new members who may be here tonight, and for the first time. You are joining more than a party: you are joining a movement. An ideal. An idea.

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Labour Youth National Conference 2012

Posted on November 05, 2012

Labour Youth Executive 2012 - 2013

In this post the newly elected Chairperson of Labour Youth Aideen Carberry writes about the Labour Youth National Conference held over the weekend.

Our national conference was a great success! Delegates from all over Ireland debated wide-ranging and varied motions, and participated in workshops over the three days.

An Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party, Eamon Gilmore TD, opened conference on Friday. He urged students and young people to make sure that they use their vote this coming Saturday. We have long called for elections and referendums to be held on a weekend date to maximise the youth vote.

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Report on Deputy ORiordain's public meeting on #CRRef

Posted on November 02, 2012

by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD

In my role as one of the Assistant Directors of Election for the Labour Party for the Children's Rights Referendum Campaign, I have been meeting and talking with a significant number of people, over the last few weeks, to encourage a yes vote.

Two weeks ago I spoke in Dublin City University, alongside Barrister Barry Fitzgerald and Law Lecturer Roderic O'Gorman about why we need to vote yes. I was struck, speaking with others after the meeting, that a lot of people do not fully understand the importance of this amendment. Furthermore, there is a worrying assumption that it will pass anyway. Something I do not think any of us should take for granted.

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