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Gilmore launches Wicklow and Wexford campaigns

Posted on January 06, 2011

Labour Leader launches Wicklow election campaign - Eamon Gilmore TD at the launch of the joint campaign by Anne Ferris, Tom Fortune and Conal Kavanagh for the Labour Party in Wicklow
Eamon Gilmore TD at the launch of the joint campaign by Anne Ferris, Tom Fortune and Conal Kavanagh for the Labour Party in Wicklow

Over the last couple of days the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD has been on a tour of the South-East on Wednesday and Thursday, stopping in Wicklow, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary.

In Wicklow, Eamon was delighted to launch the joint campaign of three Labour candidates for the General Election, in a room full of press and Labour members. Anne Ferris, Cllr. Tom Fortune and Cllr. Conal Kavanagh will contest the election, and the launch was also attended by Ireland East MEP Nessa Childers, outgoing Wicklow Deputy Liz McManus and former Labour Minister and TD for Wicklow Liam Kavanagh.

At the Wicklow launch
Travelling further down the coast to another room full to capacity, Eamon launched the Wexford campaign in Enniscorthy, speaking alongside sitting TD Brendan Howlin, and new Labour candidate Cllr. Pat Cody. After this, he travelled to Wexford town to meet with a group of local businesses.

In Waterford, a group of 80 local Labour Party members to discuss the policy document which Eamon will launch later this afternoon. A fascinating discussion ensued on political reform, public sector reform, as well as making Government more transparent and accountable.

Cllr Pat Cody and Eamon Gilmore TD
Finally, Eamon stopped in Clonmel earlier today to open the election campaign office of Senator Phil Prendergast, and to meet with senior figures from the South Tipperary General Hospital, which faces continuing threats of closure from this Government.

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Gilmore introduces four new Labour candidates

Posted on December 13, 2010

Gilmore announces 4 new Labour candidates - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD today announced four new candidates for the forthcoming General Election.From left to right, Michael McNamara (Clare), Senator Ivana Bacik (Dun Laoghaire), the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, Lorraine Higgins (Galway East) and John Whelan (Laois/Offaly).
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD today announced four new candidates for the forthcoming General Election. From left to right, Michael McNamara (Clare), Senator Ivana Bacik (Dun Laoghaire), the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD, Lorraine Higgins (Galway East) and John Whelan (Laois/Offaly).

This afternoon Eamon Gilmore TD, Leader of the Labour Party, introduced four new candidates who have been selected over the last while to be Labour Party candidates in the forthcoming General Election.

They are Lorraine Higgins in Galway East, John Whelan in Laois/Offaly, Senator Ivana Bacik in Dun Laoghaire and Michael McNamara in Clare.

Speaking to journalists, the Labour Leader said: "We are now competing the first stage of our candidates selection process and we expect to have candidates in all 43 constituencies by the end of the week."

Eamon's full statement can be read in our media centre and you can see more images from the press conference on Flickr.

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Incredible campaign for Labour in Donegal

Posted on November 24, 2010

Eamon Gilmore TD and Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr - Eamon Gilmore TD and Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr canvassing during the Donegal South West byelection.
Eamon Gilmore TD and Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr canvassing during the Donegal South West byelection.

A few words from our Donegal South West byelection candidate Cllr Frank McBrearty

Since getting elected to Donegal County Council last summer, I have worked every day to try and improve the lives of Donegal people. Everything I have done and said in that time, and indeed during this by election campaign, has been aimed at standing up for Donegal. During the boom years, Donegal was a forgotten county. I believe that only Labour can change that attitude during the tough years ahead.

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Canvasing with Cllr Frank McBrearty in Donegal South West

Posted on November 15, 2010

Frank and Eamon canvassing in Donegal

Over the weekend the labour leader Eamon Gilmore was in Donegal to lend a hand to Cllr Frank McBrearty's byelection campaign. After finishing RTE's Saturday view Frank and his team headed off to Annagry where they were joined by deputies Jack Wall, Emmet Stagg and Joe Costello. Next up on the canvassing schedule was the Glenties electoral area with party stalwart Seamus Rogers.

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Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr handing in his nomination papers

Posted on November 12, 2010

Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr handing in nomination papers

Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr, Labour Party candidate in the forthcoming Donegal SW by-election pictured handing in his nomination forms to the returning officer, Geraldine O'Connor at Letterkenny Courthouse. We will be reporting on his election campaign on the blog and you can also follow his campaign in pictures on Flickr.

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Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr fighting for a seat in Donegal South West

Posted on November 05, 2010

Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr and Eamon Gilmore TD - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr, our Donegal South-West bye-election candidate.
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr, our Donegal South-West bye-election candidate.

With the Donegal South-West byelection finally called for November 25th, our candidate Cllr Frank McBrearty Jnr has already begun his campaign in earnest.

"Doesn't Donegal deserve better? I want to continue my fight for justice, so that the people of Donegal are not bottom of the queue when it comes to the creation of jobs, provision of health services, and proper educational facilities for our children," Frank has said.

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Government forced to announce bye-election

Posted on November 04, 2010

Forced to announce the Donegal South-West bye-election after an 18-month vacancy, it is time now for the Government to call a general election so that people can give a mandate to a new Government, a strong stable Government, which can deal with the country's economic crisis, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the Dail today.

"The Tanaiste did not utter one sentence to explain why the bye-elections are not being held in the other three constituencies.

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Euro stars

Posted on June 09, 2009

Front page of the Irish Examiner - The Irish Examiner running with a front page photograph of Alan celebrating his election win in Ireland South
The Irish Examiner running with a front page photograph of Alan celebrating his election win in Ireland South

Last night we were at the edges of our seat watching the drama unfold in the Ireland South count which returned Senator Alan Kelly as MEP with 64,152 votes while earlier in the evening in Punchestown Nessa Childers was deemed elected with 74,666 votes. Alan and Nessa managed to take the two seats in Ireland South and Ireland East, the first Labour seats in the two areas since 1979.

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New generation changing the face of Irish politics

Posted on June 08, 2009

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD - pictured at the RDS count on Sunday evening.
pictured at the RDS count on Sunday evening.

The final counts and recounts are being totted up and Labour's strong showing throughout the country has resulted in this Local Election being Labour's best ever.

Speaking after the election the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said: "One of the most encouraging aspects of the local elections for Labour has been the election of so many young, first-time candidates. We have now in place a new generation of young, articulate, capable candidates who will change the face of the Labour Party and change the face of Irish politics over the coming years."

As we post 130 councillors have been returned with some counts still ongoing; representing an increase of 50 per cent since 2004 in the number of councillors we have in local authorities throughout the country.

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Labour's best Local Election ever

Posted on June 07, 2009

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD arriving at the count

Counting is still continuing in the Local Elections and so far we have made fantastic gains throughout the country in what has been the best Local Election ever for the Labour Party and it is thanks to you. Our candidates have polled 17 per cent nationally bringing home many first-time candidates with many candidates topping the poll.

Local authorities up and down the country will return with many of our first-time candidates while in Dublin's councils Labour has swept the board becoming the largest party.

Speaking on RTE this afternoon the Leader of the Labour Party Eamon Gilmore TD said "we are going to build and grow from this base" adding that many of the newly elected first-time candidates will be candidates in Dail elections in the future.

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