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Ireland can reiterate commitment to children - O'Sullivan

Posted on September 27, 2012

On November 10th the country will vote on the Children's Referendum and this week the corresponding legislation has been making its way through the House. A number of Labour TDs have made contributions to the debate and you can find links to the speeches below.

In her speech Minister Jan O'Sullivan pointed out that through this referendum, Ireland can at last reiterate its commitment to children, both legally and symbolically. "It is about enshrining in the Constitution a vision of children as citizens recognised as having an entitlement to inherent rights that must be vindicated. The principle that the voice of children should be heard is very important."

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Stability Treaty canvas continues at apace

Posted on May 17, 2012

Canvassing in Dublin South

Canvassing for the Stability Treaty is continuing at apace with Labour members and reps knocking on doors all over the country to secure a Yes vote in the forthcoming vote. We spoke to a few of our TDs to find out how the canvas in their areas is going. Minister Joe Costello is going door to door every night and all weekend. He said: "The response on the doors has been very good and very positive, people are pleased to see us and like to be asked about how they vote. They have been very willing to engage in the arguments around the Stability Treaty. It has been a great and positive experience."

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Stability Treaty site live & an update for Dep Dominic Hannigan

Posted on May 11, 2012

Our Stability Treaty website is now live. On it you can find out more details about the Treaty, what events are planned around campaigning and a 'don't know, ask Labour' section where you can email in any queries you have regarding the treaty.

We also talked to our deputy Director of Elections Dominic Hannigan TD about how the campaign is going. In the video Deputy Hannigan explains how across the country our TDs, MEPS, Cllrs and party members have been wearing out the shoe leather knocking on doors talking to voters, putting up posters and distributing thousands of leaflets.

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Marking Europe Day

Posted on May 09, 2012

Europe Day - Deputy Dominic Hannigan and pals marking Europe Day in the Dáil
Deputy Dominic Hannigan and pals marking Europe Day in the Dáil

To mark Europe Day, as Chairperson of the Joint Committee on European Union Affairs, I welcomed over sixty Transition Year students from Meath to the Houses of the Oireachtas. Upon their arrival, they were photographed on the steps of Leinster House waving national flags from across the European Union.

After this, we had an interesting discussion about Ireland and the European Union, the Dáil and Seanad, and the issues that affect young people in Ireland today. The students were very interested in the various issues and made their views known.

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Voting Yes for Stability Treaty is a vote for recovery

Posted on May 08, 2012

Launching our Stability Treaty campaign - The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Joan Burton and Deputy Dominic Hannigan at the launch of our Stability Treaty campaign
The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Joan Burton and Deputy Dominic Hannigan at the launch of our Stability Treaty campaign

Today we officially launched our Stability Treaty campaign. Speaking at the launch the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore said, "Labour is calling for a YES vote in the referendum, because we believe that the Treaty is necessary to stabilise the Euro and underpin investor confidence in Ireland. A YES vote provides certainty on how we can continue to fund the State. We believe it provides a platform for stability at home and in Europe, on which we can build economic recovery".

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Launching our Stability Treaty poster

Posted on April 30, 2012

Launching our Stability Treaty poster - Launching our Stability Treaty poster with Minister Joan Burton (Director of Elections), the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Dominic Hannigan (deputy Director of Elections).
Launching our Stability Treaty poster with Minister Joan Burton (Director of Elections), the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Dominic Hannigan (deputy Director of Elections).

This morning we launched our Stability Treaty poster with Eamon Gilmore TD, Joan Burton TD and Dominic Hannigan TD.

'It's about stability' is written across the poster and this was emphasised by the Tánaiste and Party Leader Eamon Gilmore when he said: "I don't claim that the Stability Treaty is the solution to all our problems. But it's a very important part of the solution. For a stable euro, for investor confidence and for recovery, for a vote of confidence in our future, I urge everyone to support it."

[Listen below for a short audio file of the Tanaiste speaking after the launch.]

 

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Stability Treaty is about making sure mistakes don't happen again - Gilmore

Posted on April 19, 2012

Speaking in the Dáil this week about the forthcoming vote on the Stability Treaty, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said if the Stability Treaty is about anything 'it's about making sure great mistakes are not made again'.

He said: "It's about getting a sustainable, fair and people-focused economy here in Ireland and across Europe where public money is available for public services and job incentives, not paying down debt. And as I have said now on many occasions, it's about the euro in your pocket.

"So when we're voting on 31 May, let's not use our vote on issues unrelated to the Treaty. Let's - all of us, here in this House - keep the debate focused on the Stability Treaty and Ireland.

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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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Deputy Hannigan reports on the Committee on the Referendum of the Stability Treaty

Posted on April 05, 2012

In this post Deputy Dominic Hannigan gives us an update on the meetings taking place in the Committee on the Referendum of the Stablity Treaty, you can read what he said below and see what he said in the accompanying video.

This week saw an intense programme of meetings of the Committee on the Referendum on the Stability Treaty.  We heard from a series of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, arguing both sides on the Treaty debate.  We listened to the views of Irish MEPs, Ambassadors from several EU member states, parliamentarians from other member states, academics, economists and representatives of Irish civil and interest groups.

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Committee on the Referendum on the Stability Treaty

Posted on April 03, 2012

Deputy Dominic Hannigan - Deputy Dominic Hannigan TD, HE Dr Tomas Kafka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic; HE Niels Pultz, Ambassador of Denmark; H.E. Mrs. Diana Zagorianou-Prifti, Ambassador of Greece; and H.E. Mr. Marcin Nawrot, Ambassador of Poland
Deputy Dominic Hannigan TD, HE Dr Tomas Kafka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic; HE Niels Pultz, Ambassador of Denmark; H.E. Mrs. Diana Zagorianou-Prifti, Ambassador of Greece; and H.E. Mr. Marcin Nawrot, Ambassador of Poland

Today sees the first of a series of meetings over the coming weeks of the newly formed Committee on the Referendum on the Stability Treaty. Over the past few weeks, the Committee on European Union Affairs began the debate with leading economists, academics and ambassadors. The new Committee will continue and expand on this work.

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