Joan Burton, Pat Rabbitte and Prionsias De Rossa highlighting Labour's plans for one-euro fares for Dublin Bus.
Day 15 and Pat was back in Dublin with Prionsias De Rossa, Roisin Shortall, Joan Burton, Ruairi Quinn, Joe Costello and Dominic Hannigan to highlight our plan for a flat one-euro bus fare within a 25 mile radius of the city centre, including towns such as Ratoath, Ashbourne, Dunboyne, Bray and Leixlip. The plan also includes providing an additional 500 buses for the Dublin Bus fleet. The euro-fare policy also extends to Cork which we announced during our visit this week to Cork.
You can read Pat's statement here and Roisin's here.Find out more about our policy here.
This week the Drogheda Independent showed Ged to be polling strong and Pat brought his Make a Change tour to Drogheda to canvas with Ged. Joined by a gangload of volunteers from the PES we got a great reception in Scotch Hall before heading off to Meath East (tp Duleek, Highlands Estate and Bettystown).
During the day Pat announced our plans to ensure the proper completion of housing estates and to control the activities of property management companies.
Earlier this morning a quick glance at the party's website showed our election countdown clock at 13 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes and 13 seconds.
Today marked the mid-way point of the election campaign; day 13 with 13 days to go. It was also a day which saw the latest opinion poll place Labour at 13 per cent, up three points, you can read more at the Irish Times.
Fresh back from his tour in Cork and Killarney Pat with Eamon Gilmore highlighted our Opening Doors document which discusses why many young couples are unable to buy a home of their own. The document also emphasized Labour's Begin to Buy scheme designed to help people get a foot on the property ladder.
This was one of Pat's Commitments for Change; you can read it in detail here.
This coming election is going to decide the future of the country for the next couple of years. We are constantly updating our site to bring you all the news on the campaign trail. To make it easier for you to navigate our blog and website you'll find a number of key links which you may wish to bookmark as it will be updated throughout the campaign.
Labour's plan for Sport and RecreationBethany Haworth, Councillor Aodhan O Riordain, Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, the Labour leader Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deputy Jack Wall and Roberta Hill
While Pat was on the road with the battle bus in Cork, back in election HQ in Dublin Jack Wall and Aidan Culhane launched our 'Game on - Labour's plan for Sport and Recreation'.
Game On is our commitment on encouraging participation in sport in the community and in Irish schools, and for providing supports to elite amateur and professional athletes.
The document contains key priorities for Sport including:
Investing in our elite athletes Creating a permanent home for the Community Games Making PE an exam subject with points for third-level entry Removing the rule that requires clubs to match the lottery funding they are applying for
The latest video in our ad campaign "Kathleen" has been released today highlighting Pat Rabbitte's Commitment for Change to abolish the means test for carers allowance.
Kathleen represents all of those carers in our communities who provide unpaid help for a family member or friend with a disability. And while nearly half of these carers have no paid employment and one third of them give more than 43 hours of unpaid time per week, less than a fifth receive financial assistance from the state for their invaluable and tireless work.
It is time to recognise our carers' selfless commitment. You can read more about Pat's Commitments to carers here.
With 16 days left to polling day, we are launching our seven-point plan for Cork which includes proposals to develop a transport network to ease congestion, a €1 flat-fare within the Cork city and suburbs; a better health service for Cork; alleviate over crowding in our schools and establish a regional authority for Cork, with a directly elected Mayor.
Childhood is precious and should be a safe and protected time.
Day 9 of the Countdown to Change and we are launching our ten-point plan for children.
Despite childhood being a precious time our record of protecting children and childhood is poor. Being a child in Ireland should mean protection and security, nurturing and opportunity. Irish children should benefit from the best educational and developmental opportunities we can provide,
That is why we have developed a ten-point plan to make Ireland one of the best places in the world to be a child.
If elected to Government we will tackle these issues under a number of headings:
Eric's campaign poster advertising his blog. Look out for them around Dublin South Central.
First up in this latest round-up of Blogging for LabourCouncillor Eric Byrne has relaunched his blog as his campaign diary. He is the only candidate to advertise his blog on posters throughout his constituency. Explaining why he did that he said: "Unfortunately there's not an awful lot you can say on a poster, but you can say a lot in a blog. So we decided to put up posters advertising the blog - and here they are" And very nice they are too Eric.