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Emer Costello MEP - a tireless representative for Dublin

Posted on February 11, 2014

Emer Costello signing the party pledge

On Sunday in a packed Liberty Hall, members of the Labour Party endorsed Emer Costello MEP (Twitter @EmerCostello) as our candidate in the forthcoming European Elections.

Speaking after receiving the nomination Dublin’s MEP Emer Costello spoke of her passion and her optimism for Dublin, Ireland and Europe’s future and how Labour has a strong tradition of representing the people of Dublin in Europe.

“MEPs have a much greater say than ever before. Decisions taken in the European Parliament affect Dublin more than ever before. The choice facing voters is clear.

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Emer Costello MEP writes about her Youth Guarantee seminars

Posted on December 11, 2013


In this post Emer Costello MEP writes about her recent Youth Guarantee seminars. 

On Friday 22 November I held a regional consultation seminar on the Youth Guarantee at the Maldron Hotel, Tallaght. This year, I have held five events across Dublin, in Tallaght, Swords, Dun Laoghaire and the City Centre, to encourage those working in youth support and education to give their suggestions on how the European Youth Guarantee might be rolled out. The findings from these events will be submitted to Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD, ahead of Ireland’s application to the Youth Guarantee programme before the end of the year.

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Live tweeting Emer Costello MEP's Youth Guarantee seminar

Posted on July 12, 2013

Youth Guarantee seminar

Emer Costello MEP has organised a seminar on the Youth Guarantee in Liberty Hall and we're live tweeting the event (#YG20140 which you can follow from Twitter at this link.

There are a number of great speakers at the event which we've listed below.

  • David Treacy, City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee; 
  • Ita Mangan, Chair of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare; 
  • Brid O’Brien, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed; 
  • James Doorley, National Youth Council of Ireland; 
  • Mick Creedon, Ballymun Job Centre; 
  • Lorraine Mulligan, SIPTU;
  • Mary Murphy, NUI Maynooth
  • Lidia Salvatore, Eurofound

Below you can listen to an extract of the speech Emer Costello MEP delivered at the beginning of the seminar, you can also read her speech in our media centre

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Burton, Costello and Lyons mark announcement of pilot Youth Guarantee project in Ballymun

Posted on July 05, 2013

Ballymun Pilot Youth Guarantee gets green light

This afternoon Minister Joan Burton, Emer Costello MEP and Deputy John Lyons were in Ballymun to mark the announcement of funding for a year-long pilot Youth Guarantee project in Ballymun.

Ballymun was selected as one of the first Youth Guarantee schemes to proceed in the EU following funding approval by the European Commission and the Government.

Speaking about the pilot scheme Minister Burton welcomed the scheme calling it ‘hugely significant’ in terms of increasing opportunities for young people in the area.

“My department is currently developing an action plan to implement the Guarantee in ireland from next year, and Ballymun can show the way in terms of developing the best practice and partnership to ensure that young people get the work, training and educational opportunities they need.”

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Saturday afternoon - Tom Johnson Summer School 2013

Posted on June 15, 2013


This afternoon's panel about 'The Illegitimate Debt'  is also featured in this blog post written by party member Desmond O'Toole.

It is quite a task to plot a path through a wide-ranging discussion which encompassed cancelling the illegitimate debt demanded of the Global South, the burden of bank debt that has hollowed out the finances of the Irish state and the impact of debt on Irish families in local neighbourhoods.

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Saturday afternoon - Tom Johnson Summer School

Posted on June 15, 2013


In this post Labour Youth's Sean Glennon blogs about 'The Illegitimate Debt' panel, featuring Jean Sommers, from UCD, Emer Costello MEP and Rita Fagan, Community Development Coordinator for St Michael's Estate.

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Youth Guarantee is a Europe wide solution to youth unemployment

Posted on March 01, 2013

In this post Deputy John Lyons talks about the importance of the Youth Guarantee which was announced yesterday while in the video Dublin MEP Emer Costello explains the role Labour has played in securing the European Youth Guarantee. 

Europe Adopts a Common Approach to Youth Unemployment with Youth Guarantee

Yesterday, the European Social Affairs and Employment Ministers reached political agreement in Europe on the Youth Guarantee as a policy response to the crisis of youth unemployment. As someone involved in the campaign for a Youth Guarantee since I was elected, this is a hugely important announcement for the young people who are out of work around the country.

What is a Youth Guarantee?

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Labour Women launch Stability Treaty Yes campaign

Posted on May 14, 2012

Labour Women launch Stability Treaty Yes campaign

This morning Labour Women launched their Stability Treaty Yes campaign attended by the Labour Deputy Leader Joan Burton, MEPs Emer Costello, Phil Prendergast and Nessa Childers as well as other members of the Parliamentary Labour Party.

Minister Burton spoke of how there is a 'big advantage' of staying the course in Europe.

"Ireland is not alone in its current troubles. Bank debts and unemployment haunt many European economies. There is a lot more to be done to help beleaguered countries. I believe we are far better off making the case along with like-minded Governments inside the European tent than being a lone voice outside.

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