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Byrne congratulates Synge Street's European Young Scientists of the Year

Posted on September 26, 2012

Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Ireland's European Young Scientist winners -  Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle on their win in the Physics category of the European Young Scientist of the Year.
Minister Ruairi Quinn congratulating Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle on their win in the Physics category of the European Young Scientist of the Year.

Deputy Eric Byrne has spoken of his delighted at the news that two former Synge Street students, Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle, scooped the top prize in the Physics category of the European Young Scientists competition.

A former pupil of Synge Street CBS, Deputy Eric Byrne said: "Their achievement is a testament to their own hard work and the hard work of the staff of Synge Street School. I was delighted to learn last night of the success of Mark James Kelly and Eric Doyle at the European Young Scientist Competition, this news follows on from their magnificent achievement at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in January of this year."

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Deputy Stagg signing Deed of Gift of Labour archives to National Library of Ireland

Posted on September 25, 2012

Signing the Deed of Gift of party archives - The Director of the National Library of Ireland Fiona Ross with Deputy Emmet Stagg and former Deputy Brian O'Shea signing the Deed of Gift of the party archives.
The Director of the National Library of Ireland Fiona Ross with Deputy Emmet Stagg and former Deputy Brian O'Shea signing the Deed of Gift of the party archives.

Last week as trustee of the Labour Party Deputy Emmet Stagg and former Deputy Brian O'Shea signed a Deed of Gift to the National Library of Ireland of the party's archives as part of our centenary celebrations. They will be handed over to the National Library next month and archived by a professional archivist who will be appointed by the Labour Party. We have more images from the signing of the Deed of Gift on Flickr. You can also check out our Centenary website at this link including a timeline of Labour's history at this link. The Labour Party centenary materical can be shared from our Pinterest account.

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We're recruiting political staff

Posted on September 21, 2012

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We're recruiting for political staff, you can find out on our recruitment page including how to apply and the deadline for applications. Please do pass onto to anyone that you think might be interested.

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Leaders' Questions, September 20th 2012

Posted on September 20, 2012

This morning's Leaders' Questions is now on You Tube and you can watch the proceedings from the accompanying video. Among the issues debated were health, child poverty and property tax.

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Referendum an opportunity to state clearly that we value children and childhood - Gilmore

Posted on September 19, 2012

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore speaking at the announcement of the wording for the forthcoming Children's Referendum

"This will be an historic referendum. A referendum informed by the bitter lessons of our history," the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said today speaking at the launch of the wording for the forthcoming Children's Referendum. The Tánaiste added that the referendum makes 'a clear statement about our future, our society and the place of children in it'.

He spoke about how childhood only happens once and on November 10th we have the opportunity to decide that every childhood is precious and that every child is deserving of our protection and care.

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Deputy Stagg on this term's Legislative Programme

Posted on September 18, 2012

The Government has today announced the Legislative Programme for the Autumn 2012 parliamentary session which focuses on finance, jobs and reform. Speaking about the forthcoming Dáil term the Labour Chief Whip, Deputy Emmet Stagg, said: "Job creation and economic recovery are at the very heart of the Government's priorities and this autumn, legislation will be published in this area including the Credit Reporting Bill, Credit Union Bill, Consumer and Competition Bill and the Companies Bill.

"It is very encouraging to see so many pieces of legislation in the pipeline and this is a clear indication that the Government is taking seriously our commitement to deliver on measures that will bring about economic recovery, improvement jobs market and drive real reform."

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Student Travel comes on in leaps and bounds

Posted on September 17, 2012

National Student Travelcard to be combined with Leap - National Transport Authority offers Student Travelcard with Leap Card capability at no extra cost Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly T.D. announced the launch of the new Student Travelcard with Leap Card capability.The National Transport Authority has combined the two products onto one card which is now available for all third level college students. Pictured at the announcement in D.C.U. with Minister Alan Kelly,  Finn Dunlevy as 'Kermit' and Aisling Brogan, Student Travelcard Officer.
National Transport Authority offers Student Travelcard with Leap Card capability at no extra cost Public and Commuter Transport Minister Alan Kelly T.D. announced the launch of the new Student Travelcard with Leap Card capability.The National Transport Authority has combined the two products onto one card which is now available for all third level college students. Pictured at the announcement in D.C.U. with Minister Alan Kelly, Finn Dunlevy as 'Kermit' and Aisling Brogan, Student Travelcard Officer.

Getting to college will be a lot simpler for students with news that the National Transport Authority is to integrate the Leap Card with the student travelcard. As part of the Labour Party's plan to join the dots on Ireland's public transport system - this new integrated card will take the hassle out of having two cards, and hopefully encourage more students to make the 'Leap' to public transport.

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Campaign for a European Youth Guarantee

Posted on September 10, 2012

Deputy John Lyons and Emer Costello MEP

As the economic crisis in Europe continues, over five million young people find themselves unemployed. In some EU member states, as many as one young person out of two cannot find a job. In Ireland, the youth unemployment rate is close to 40%. Labour Youth asks why young people, having had no role in causing this crisis, are disproportionately suffering.

On Saturday 8 September, Labour Youth, along with Emer Costello MEP, and John Lyons TD, hosted a public meeting on the Party of European Socialists' campaign for a European Youth Guarantee. This is an exciting and ambitious proposal that if realised, will mean that every young person in Europe is offered a job, further education or work-related training at the latest four months after leaving education or becoming unemployed.

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Labour Centenary website launched

Posted on September 06, 2012

Centenary slider

This year Labour is marking the official 100th anniversary of the foundation of the party in Clonmel by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O'Brien in 1912.

Over the year we have held a number of events to mark this significant and proud milestone and now we have launched our Centenary website which you can check out here. As well as including a history of the Labour Party, there is a photographic timeline which includes many rarely-seen images from the party's history.

Among the other features on the site is a School's essay competition where students are invited to write an essay with the chance of winning a prize of a trip to Brussels for 20 students and their teachers to visit the European Parliament.

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Free financial advice will help struggling homeowners

Posted on September 06, 2012

Eamon and Joan - The Labour Leader and Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD
The Labour Leader and Deputy Leader Joan Burton TD

The Labour Party continues to deliver for struggling home owners, with the introduction of a new independent financial advice service which will be made available to those who are in mortgage distress.

Under this plan, homeowners who are in long-term mortgage resolutions negotiations with a lender can consult this plan with an independent financial adviser, of their choice, to ensure that the resolution is the best one for them.

Given how complex mortgage negotiations can be, this service will help to level the playing field and arm the borrower with more knowledge, so that they can be confident that they can achieve the best payment plan to help them stay in their homes.

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