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Labour is Standing up for Working Families

Posted on January 17, 2016 at 07:26 PM

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Tánaiste and leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton together with Minister for Communications Alex White, John Lyons TD and Cllr Pamela Kearns launched our ‘Standing Up For Working Families’ campaign this afternoon.

The campaign is comprised of a series of meetings which will take place across the country over the next two weeks to highlight the ways Labour has and will continue to stand up for working families. 

Speaking at the launch, Tánaiste Joan Burton said our plans for USC changes for hard-pressed working families could mean up to an extra €60 in pockets could be possible. "The last five years have been tough for working families. The next five years will be much better - but only if we have a stable and balanced Government implementing responsible economic policies. Labour will provide that stable, balanced government – sustaining a strong economy to build a decent society."

Cllr. Pamela Kearns, our candidate in Dublin South-West who runs her own pre-school facility spoke about our ambitious childcare plans "“We will move immediately to cap the cost of childcare for all children under 12 to €4.25 per hour for up to 40 hours of childcare a week in 2017. By 2021, the cost to parents will be €2 per hour, for up to 40 hours per week. Our approach will save parents thousands each year."

Deputy John Lyons TD, outlined Labour’s achievements in education over the last five years, and unveiled an ambitious plan to deliver the smallest class sizes in the history of the state. "Labour will continue to cut class sizes to an historic low, reaching an average class size of 20 (equivalent to the EU average), and putting an end to any classes with over 30 pupils."

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