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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 - Senator John Kelly

Posted on April 14, 2012

Senator John Kelly

My name is John Kelly and I am a Labour Party Senator from Roscommon-South Leitrim.

This is my second time at conference and so far I have been encouraged by the motions that have been before conference that reflect the views of the public at large.This is a great opportunity for our senior Ministers to sense the feelings of the ordinary members about the issues which really affect them and their families.

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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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Views from conference floor - Deputy Dominic Hannigan

Posted on April 14, 2012

So far so good at conference here in Galway. I spoke earlier this morning in relation to reform. I think we have made a good start but I would like to see us do more, particularly in relation to tax reform. I think we need to look again at introducing higher tax rates.

Afterwards, I took a walk away from the conference hall back into galway city centre. I passed through eyre square in tine to hear Richard boyd Barrett give his single transferable speech. I hear it every day in the dail. Only difference seems to be he usually has a bigger audience in the dail chamber than turned up here.

Looking forward to my seminar on Europe later. It starts at half three.

by Deputy Dominic Hannigan

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The Programme for Government delivering for Children - Conway

Posted on April 14, 2012

At this years Labour Conference, Deputy Ciara Conway is Chairing a workshop on how the programme for Government can deliver for children. Here she speaks ahead of the workshop.

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Views from conference floor - Lorraine O'Connor

Posted on April 14, 2012

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My name is Lorraine O'Connor. I am a member of the Clondalkin Labour Party Branch in Dublin Mid West. This is my first time to attend National Conference. I am here with 7 other delegates from the Clondalkin Branch.

I am married with two teenage children; the youngest, aged 15, is blind and a pupil in a local mainstream secondary school and another, aged 18 who is nearing the end of his first year in college.

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Minister Rabbitte's report to conference

Posted on April 14, 2012

Minister Pat Rabbitte's report to conference

As Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Pat Rabbitte has a wide brief that ranges from energy security to State assets, from postal services to oil and gas exploration, from broadcasting to broadband. Here is a short list of just some of the issues he has dealt with since coming to office.

Next generation broadband

Pat set up and chairs a high level taskforce on next generation broadband, comprising the CEOs of the main telecoms in the Irish market and senior departmental officials.

The taskforce has finished its work and Pat will now bring forward proposals to assist investment in broadband infrastructure and to accelerate delivery of bigger and faster broadband to more places as soon as possible.

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