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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Views from Conference Floor – Saturday afternoon, by Paul Deane 

This was a lively afternoon at conference, which saw a range of motions on housing and other areas of local government. After that came motions on party organisation, followed by motions on justice and equality. Passionate and sincere discussion followed on a range of justice issues, such as traveller rights, gender balance, and adoption legislation.

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View from conference floor - Saturday morning

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Views from Conference floor - Saturday morning, by Yvonne Campbell

Last night as a delegate, I got the chance to vote on a range of education matters that are close to my heart as a teacher. Today, combating youth unemployment, free GP care for under 5s, improving access to quality child-care, encouraging female entrepreneurship, combating obesity, and retrofitting and renovating houses to make decent homes were some of the motions covered that happen to directly affect my family too.

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View from conference floor - Friday night

Posted on November 30, 2013

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Friday night - Siobhán de Paor- Labour Youth, Membership Development Officer

The opening session of Conference is always one of my favourite parts of the weekend as it allows for reflection on how much the Labour Party has achieved since the previous Conference.

We firstly heard from local Senator Marie Maloney who gave us a warm welcome to Killarney. We then heard from Deputy Arthur Spring who encouraged delegates to have a great weekend in Killarney. We then heard from Phil Prendergast MEP who spoke with great vigour about the upcoming European Elections.

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Proud of Labour's achievements in Government

Posted on November 29, 2013

Speaking at the Labour Party conference this evening the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore spoke of Labour's achievements in Government.

"I am proud of what this Party has done in Government. I am proud that after 20 years, we are the first Government to deal with the X case, and make pregnancy safer for Irish women. I am proud of the reforms we have brought in to make this a more transparent and open country, and to promote women in politics. I am proud of the fact that we are finally doing the right thing by the Magdalene women. And I am determined that this Government and this party is going to fight and win a referendum on marriage equality.

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Countdown to Conference 2013

Posted on November 19, 2013

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The countdown is on to our national conference 2013 which is being held next weekend (November 29th - Dec 1st) in Kerry. Among the key highlights of our conference is the Party Leader Eamon Gilmore’s speech on Saturday night, the Larkin award, presentations of awards to long-standing members, not to mention the debate over the weekend.

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Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore - Address to Labour Party Conference 2012

Posted on April 15, 2012

"Ireland is a great country and it is going to recover.

There will again be good jobs and opportunities.

This country will be the best place to raise a family, to work, to live and to age with dignity.

Our Republic will be fair, and just, and renewed.

We will pull out of these tough times.

We will succeed.

And tonight, I want to talk about how we are going to do it."

This is an extract from the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore's address to the Labour Party last night, you can watch it back on our You Tube channel at the link.

Over the conference we captured all the delegates' speeches which are now compiled into a Conference 2012 playlist. You can find them all at this link.

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Sunday morning at conference

Posted on April 15, 2012

Opening the session on a 'positive role for Ireland in International and European Affairs', Minister of State for Development, Joe Costello, highlighted the great work done by an Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore in rebuilding Ireland's international reputation. Successes highlighted included the Queen's visit to Ireland, President Obama and Vice President of China, Xi Jinping.

An Tanaiste's role as chairperson of the OSCE was highlighted and his particular focus on human rights promotion, work against corruption, securing the freedom of press, and promotion of conflict prevention and resolution. A conference on press freedom will be hosted by Ireland in May 2012 and a major OSCE conference will be held later in the year.

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Views from conference floor - Saturday evening at conference

Posted on April 15, 2012

Every year at the Labour Party Conference we take some time out from debating motions and electing party officers to honour some veteran activists. No politicval movement can survive without volunteers, and it is inspirational to see people who have spent decades fighting for the rights of workers.

This year the Larkin Award was given to Frank Buckley, a long serving county councillor in south county Dublin. Throughout the eighties and nineties Frank was the leader of the Labour Councillors in the county, a role which saw him constantly fighting against the Civil War parties who had decided to set aside their differences in order to rezone vast tracts of agricultural land for the benefit of wealthy developers.

Thanks to the efforts of the Tribunals, we now know why they were so keen on this rezoning, but at the time Frank and his colleagues could only assume the worst. They were right.

When Frak retired from the council in 1998 he stayed active in local politics., training and advising a new generation of activists and representatives. As one of the many people Frank taught to canvass and organise, I was proud to see him honoured at Labour's Centenary Conference.

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Getting ready for Saturday night

Posted on April 14, 2012

We've a time-lapse video for you to show the set-up for the hall this evening; this starts from the ending of the afternoon session until people are taking their seats for the Saturday evening proceedings.

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View from conference floor - Deputy Gerald Nash

Posted on April 14, 2012

The sun was shining this today in Galway as I walked over to the conference centre in NUIG. Crossing over the Corrib I stopped for a few minutes to watch a group of men flyfishing in the middle of the river. The effortless grace with which they flick out their lines never ceases to amaze. Of course if I tried I'd probably end up with a hook around the back of my ear.

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