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#OurFuture - Labour's Alternative budget

Posted on October 05, 2017

We have made clear that we don't believe there is enough space for any tax cuts in this Budget. Instead, we have argued for the construction of 5,000 public homes, and the funding of Sláintecare (a new national strategy to build our public healthcare system) as the central points of our proposals.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are having a phoney war over tax cuts that will amount to between €2 and €4 per week for middle-income families. We have said that cutting school costs, reducing college fees by €1,000 next year, eliminating hospital inpatient charges, and increasing the public subsidy of childcare would save families a lot more


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Munster technological university would result in top honours

Posted on July 22, 2017

Opposition to the creation of technological universities has come from many quarters over recent years. The role of members of the Higher Education Authority is not to undermine stated government policy, as Seán Sherlock wrote in the Irish Examiner yesterday.

Back in March 2011, the programme for government agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael contained a commitment to examine the idea of a technological university split across multiple campuses in the South-East region.

This commitment was intended to clearly demonstrate a commitment to the South-East, but also reflected Labour’s view of how the higher education landscape could develop.

The idea of technological universities had emerged from the National Strategy for Higher Education to 2030, published in January 2011.

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Time to get real on Brexit, Enda

Posted on February 04, 2017

Joan Burton TD held a seminar in the Mansion House on the spring economic outlook. In this very well attended meeting we heard speakers from ESRI, IBEC and UCD. Joan also made the case for Ireland to have a special status in Brexit negotations.


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'Do-Nothing' Dáil kicks progress on schools down the road

Posted on June 29, 2016

Last night our Education Spokesperson Joan Burton brought our Equal Status (Access to Schools) Bill 2016 to the floor of the Dáil. The Bill seeks to make it easier for parents to send their children to their local school, regardless of faith. The vote on the Bill is due to take place on Thursday - find out if your local TD will support it by contacting them on [email protected] (e.g. [email protected])

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Day 20 #GE16 Labour is Standing up for Equal Access to Education

Posted on February 22, 2016

This morning we launched our plan for equal access to education with Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Kevin Humphreys in Shellybanks Educate Together in Dublin 4

For the Labour Party, equality is the keystone of what we believe. To ensure every child has equality of opportunity, to ensure every child has the chance to achieve in life, equal access to school is vital.

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Day 14 #GE16 :Standing up for Education

Posted on February 16, 2016

Today the Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister Jan O'Sullivan launched our Standing up for Education plan in Limerick. Among the commitments in our plan for education include delivering the smallest class sizes in the history of the State, ending the use of prefabs in schools, reducing school costs for parents, doubling the number of multi-denominational schools by 2021 and amending the Equal Status Acts so that local children can access local schools. 

[Download Labour's Plan for Investment and Reform of our Education System.]

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50,000 New Apprenticeships by 2020-Labour is Standing up for Young People

Posted on January 21, 2016

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Last night at our Connolly Cafe with Labour Youth , Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced if re-elected to Government Labour will create 50,000 additional apprenticeship places by 2020.

Since entering government in 2011 Labour Ministers for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and Jan O'Sullivan have made significant reforms in modernising the existing apprenticeship system through the work of the Apprenticeship Council. The planning and development of 25 new apprenticeship programmes is currently underway and will lead to a number of these progressing to enrolment later this year.


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Tánaiste and Minister Jan O’Sullivan launch new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education

Posted on December 17, 2015


The Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan and Tánaiste Joan Burton have announced additional funding of €3million for student support measures in 2016 at the launch of the new National Plan of Equity of Access to Higher Education 2015- 2019.

This plan includes speicific targets to increase participation of ‘disadvantaged’ students, students with disabilities, mature students, and members of the Travelling community in higher education,

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Archaic Rule 68 to be Scrapped

Posted on December 10, 2015


Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced this week that Rule 68 will be repealed in January.

For the last  50 years the official rule governing our national schools -Rule 68- stated in part, that “of all parts of a school curriculum, Religious Instruction is by far the most important, as its subject matter, God’s honour and service, includes the proper use of all man’s faculties, and affords the most powerful inducements to their proper use.

Minister Jan O'Sullivan said that Rule 68 will be repealed in January, along with any other rules that don't reflect the diversity of our nation.


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Standing Up for LGBT Teachers

Posted on December 03, 2015

Section 37

Last night Section 37.1 of the Employment Equality Bill was amended by the passing of the Equality (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013. The Bill amends the provisions of Section 37(1) of the Employment Equality Act to remove the discrimination of LGBT employees of religious run institutions.  The passing of this Bill by the Oireachtas is another step for equality for LGBT people.

In our 2011 Election Manifesto we promised amend Section 37 of the Employment Equality Acts to end discrimination against LGBT teachers and trainee teachers and we have made good on this promise through the hard work in particular of Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, Minister Jan O'Sullivan, Deputies Ciara Conway, John Lyons, Dominc Hannigan and Senator Ivana Bacik. 

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