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Labour is Standing Up for Workers

Posted on January 12, 2016

Ged Joan

Today Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Busibness and Employment Ged Nash launched our Workers Charter.

[You can download our Workers' Charter here ]

The Workers Charter strikes the right balance between the needs of business and a worker's right to basic job security and a decent rate of pay. It will form a key plank of the party’s manifesto in the upcoming general election.



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Today is the start of a very profound shift in the Irish workplace - Tanaiste

Posted on October 08, 2015

Today An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Minister for Business Ged Nash have welcomed the announcement by Lidl that they will be introducing a living wage to their workforce of 3,800 people. Lidl are the first employer to become a nationwide employer; paying their employees North and South a living wage.

An Tánaiste and Labour Party leader, Joan Burton has described the move by Lidl as a “profound shift in the Irish workplace, when employers begin to embrace the Living Wage”.

[Read the Tanaiste's statement in our media centre.]

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Irish €16.2 Billion exporting success

Posted on April 19, 2013

The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

Ireland’s export markets continue to go from strength to strength with news that in 2012 over €16.2 billion worth of goods where exported from our shores.

Surpassing the €15.2bn record set in 2011 by Enterprise Ireland client companies, the 2012 figures have set a new record. Products from the Engineering, Software, Internationally Traded Services and Medical Devices sectors made up the majority of the exports, and reports show that there has been strong trade with the USA, as well as with countries in Asia Pacific and South America.

With the world economy predicted to grow slightly in 2013, it’s hoped that Ireland will be best placed to capitalise on this, and even further increase our export footfall across the globe.

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Action Plan for Jobs 2013 launched

Posted on February 22, 2013

the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at the launch of the Action Plan for Jobs 2013

Launched today, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 offers a blue print of the Government's plans to get more people back to work this year. Containing a number of action focused initiatives, which are all geared to create much needed jobs, the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 includes a specific focus on helping to further stimulate profitable industries such as the it, Healthcare and energy sector.

Download the Action Plan for Jobs 2013 from our policy section , the table of contents can be  downloaded from here

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Minister Quinn announces his action plan on Patronage and Pluralism

Posted on June 20, 2012

Deputy Ruairi Quinn

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, has today outlined his response to the report of the Advisory Group to the Forum on Patronage and Pluralism in the primary sector saying 'there is a compelling need for the patronage of our schools to reflect the changes that have already taken place in wider society'.

The Forum, which was a commitment in the Programme for Government, published its findings in April and responding to the report Minister Quinn spoke of how Ireland has changed 'demographically and socially'.

"We now have a much more diverse population than we had even two decades ago. In addition, many people's views about the place of religion in society and in their own lives have undergone profound change.

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Action Plan for Jobs is well under way

Posted on June 14, 2012

Minister Sean Sherlock

The Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock TD, has welcomed news that as part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs, new Business Development Managers have been appointed to 37 Community Enterprise Centres across the country.

With a fund of €1.6million, the new managers will be tasked with protecting and growing businesses in communities across Ireland.

The 37 centres predict that with this new resource, 850 additional jobs can be created by 2014. You can find out more in the Department of Enterprise's news centre and Minister Sherlock also explained more about the announcement which you can listen to in the audio below.

The Seanad this week debated a Labour Party motion on small and medium enterprises. You can read the text of the motion in our media centre here.

Senator Denis Landy proposed the motion and in this post he explains why the motion was tabled. You can see his contribution in the accompanying video; we have also included links to the contributions from other Labour Senators at the bottom of this post.

It is crucial that we assist small business and get them up and running again, the knock on effect will further progress the economy and secure Ireland's growth and prosperity.

When a retailer opens up shop in the morning, he/she is a worker, a business person and an employer all enmeshed together.

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Minister Joan Burton launches National Internship Scheme

Posted on June 29, 2011

Minister Joan Burton launching the National Internship Scheme

The European Headquarters of Facebook in Dublin today was the location for the launch of JobBridge' - The National Internship Scheme which was launched by Minister Joan Burton. In attendance were business leaders and people from the community and voluntary sectors.

Find out more about the National Internship Scheme at

JobBridge is aiming to provide 5,000 internship places to the unemployed over the next two years.

It is part of the Governments 'Jobs Initiative' which will offer 20,900 education, training and work experience places for the unemployed as well as the 'Springboard' initiative which will provide 6,000 places on a range of 200 part-time courses.

The launch was a great success and a step in the right direction for getting Ireland working again.

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Labour honours pledge to restore Minimum Wage

Posted on June 09, 2011

[EDIT July 1st] - Today the minimum wage was restored to its previous level as promised in the Programme for Government.

Legislation which will see the reversal of the cut in the minimum wage has been progressing through the House enabling its restoration for July 1st.

In this post you can find links to the various speeches made by Labour representatives along with links to press statements, the accompaying video shows the contribution made by our TD in Carlow/Kilkenny Deputy Ann Phelan. Do let us know what you think in the comment section below. (You can also read a previous post by Deputy Gerald Nash who wrote about being proud of the decisions Labour is choosing to take in government.)


Speeches on You Tube

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It's a good day to be a Labour TD in government - Deputy Gerald Nash

Posted on June 02, 2011

Deputy Gerard Nash

Today is one of those days when I'm delighted to be part of a government with Labour at its heart. Our Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton has published the Bill which will see a €1 hourly increase in the minimum wage after the 1st July.

This measure means a lot to the thousands of people who are struggling to make ends meet; to pay rent and mortgages and to put food on the table for their families.

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