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Leaders' Questions, July 12th 2012

Posted on July 12, 2012

Leaders' Questions this morning saw debate on An Post, farmers and the impact of the recent weather on them and Minister Reilly's statement to the House. You can watch the full exchange on the accompanying video.

 

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Senator Bacik launches Oireachtas cyclists group

Posted on July 12, 2012

Senator Bacik launches Oireachtas cyclists group

Senator Ivana Bacik got on her bike today to launch a new All-Party Oireachtas Cyclists Group. The group will encourage all parliamentarians to leave their cars at home and cycle to work.

In tandem with the Government's Smarter Travel policy which aims to have 10% of all commuting trips carried out by bike nationally in Ireland by 2020, the All-Party Oireachtas Cyclists Group hopes to encourage people to cycle, by tackling issues which may prevent nervous cyclists from making the journey.

Senator Bacik said, "The reason why many people do not cycle is because they are concerned about the experience of cycling in congested traffic and do not have the cycling skills to cycle safely in urban areas."

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Details of promised Constitutional Convention announced by Tánaiste

Posted on July 11, 2012

Speaking in the Dáil last night, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore laid out his plans for the Constitutional Convention saying that while our Constitution had served us well until now, it was hard for our laws to keep up with the pace of change in our social attitudes. It is time he said, to take an independent look at these changes and see if democracy is being well served to all equally.

"The constitutional convention is an opportunity for a wide and inclusive mode of addressing our democracy. It is a way not just of engaging the citizens who will participate but of having a wider national conversation about the kind of country we want to live in and the principles by which we want to live."

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We're recruiting

Posted on July 11, 2012

We're recruiting for a Youth and Development Officer, you can find out more about how to apply on our recruitment page. Applications close at noon on July 20th.

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Senator Higgins brings petition to Ulster Bank

Posted on July 11, 2012

Senator Lorraine Higgins  - Senator Lorraine Higgins with her cross-party petition for Ulster Bank.
Senator Lorraine Higgins with her cross-party petition for Ulster Bank.

Senator Lorraine Higgins writes about her petition to Ulster Bank

Today I brought my campaign for customer compensation to Ulster Bank HQ, and delivered a cross party petition calling for the bank to waive all customer charges until January 2013. Ever since this so -called 'glitch' happened over three weeks ago, thousands of customers and businesses have been directly impacted, with many still unable to access their own money directly.

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Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on July 06, 2012

Presenting the Thirst for Justice award - Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore; Martin Collins, Co-Director of Pavee Point; Deirdre Hosford, Labour Youth Policy and Education Officer
Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore; Martin Collins, Co-Director of Pavee Point; Deirdre Hosford, Labour Youth Policy and Education Officer

The dust has settled on the centenary year Tom Johnson Summer School, and it was definitely a memorable one; from Eamon Gilmore's historic statement of support for gay marriage, to Joan Burton's defence of the welfare state in a time of austerity, to Brendan Howlin's response to the new deal on bank debt across the eurozone. Organised by Labour Youth and directed by Labour Youth Policy and Education Officer Deirdre Hosford, the school gave Labour members a chance to take a step back and debate the lessons of the Labour Party's first one hundred years, and to discuss future challenges.

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Making progress on tackling unfinished developments

Posted on July 05, 2012

Today's announcement of progress being made on unfinished housing estates by Minister Jan O'Sullivan marks yet another Labour commitment made going into Government to deal with the scurge of ghost estates and improve the quality of life for the residents living in or near them.

Minister O'Sullivan's report The Final Report of the Advisory Group on Unfinished Housing Developments, details a comprehensive suite of actions that have been taken in response to the plethora of unfinished housing developments left in the wake of the property bubble.

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Leaders' Question - July 5th 2012

Posted on July 05, 2012

Leaders' Questions this morning, which was taken by Minister Ruairi Quinn, saw debate on unemployment, the Budget and housing. You can watch the full exchange on the accompanying video.

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Deputy's statement on ACTA is confused

Posted on July 05, 2012

Minister Sean Sherlock

Deputy Ferris' statement on ACTA is confused and shows a lack of understanding - Minister Sean Sherlock responds:

ACTA and the Statutory Instrument are two different things. I never signed ACTA. The Statutory instrument was signed by the Government. I believe that Deputy Ferris is confusing ACTA with the signing of a Statutory Instrument. The Government amended the Copyright Act (SI). I am not sure if Deputy Ferris is deliberately confusing the two issues, I suspect that the Sinn Fein PR machine doesn't actually understand the difference between the two issues at hand.

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Mayors in Chairs 2012 - 2013

Posted on July 04, 2012

Congratulations must be give to all the Labour Councillor's who have recently been elected as Mayor or Deputy Mayor in local authorities the length and breadth of the country. The list is extensive but here is the list so far.

In Passage West / Monstown Town Council, Cllr David O'Byrne has been elected Deputy Mayor. Cllr Paddy O'Callaghan has been elected Deputy Mayor of Tramore while in Tullamore Town Council, Cllr Lar Byrne has been elected as Chairperson.

Cllr Nicky Sheehan has been elected Deputy Mayor of Dungarvan Town Council and in Clonakilty Town Council, Cllr Aidan Pendlebury has also been elected as Deputy Mayor.

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