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Labour's Plan for Retail and SMEs

Posted on February 16, 2011

Pat, Ciaran and Aine - Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deputy Ciaran Lynch and Cllr Aine Clancy at the launch of our Plan for Retail and SMEs
Deputy Pat Rabbitte, Deputy Ciaran Lynch and Cllr Aine Clancy at the launch of our Plan for Retail and SMEs


"Urgent action will be required from the new Government to protect jobs, businesses, and livelihoods in the retail sector at a time when consumer confidence is at rock bottom," said Cíaran Lynch TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Retail and SMEs.

"Labour's policies for growth and jobs that we are outlining today are about taking the necessary steps and measures that will support and facilitate growth at all levels of our economy."

[You can download our Plan for Retail and SMEs from our policy section.]

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Labour's Plan for Jobseekers

Posted on February 14, 2011

Launching our Plan for Jobseekers - At the launch of our Plan for Jobseekers, (from left to right) Cllr Henry Upton, Deputy Roisin Shortall, Senator Ivana Bacik and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.
At the launch of our Plan for Jobseekers, (from left to right) Cllr Henry Upton, Deputy Roisin Shortall, Senator Ivana Bacik and Deputy Ruairi Quinn.

"If there is one area of public policy that absolutely sums up the failure of the outgoing Fianna Fail government it is unemployment," said Ruairi Quinn TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Jobseekers.

"The legacy of Fianna Fail in this area is more than 440,000 on the Live Register and twenty months in succession where the figure has been over 400,000. And everyone knows that the Live Register would be even higher were it not for renewed emigration."

(You can download our Plan for Jobseekers in our policy section.)

Alongside Róisín Shorthall TD, and candidates Cllr Henry Upton (Dublin South Central) and Senator Ivana Bacik (Dun Laoghaire) he explained Labour's plan to get Ireland back to work.

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Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland

Posted on January 31, 2011

Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland - Alan Kelly MEP and the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland
Alan Kelly MEP and the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD at the launch of Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland

"We are looking at specific plans we have for delivering growth by developing our broadband infrastructure, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore said today launching Labour's Plan for Digital Ireland.

"Next-generation broadband is an essential component of our economic recovery. The availability of high speed broadband is crucial for business and job creation, as well as being key to attracting outside investment."

The failure of Fianna Fáil Governments over the past decade to roll out adequate connectivity has left Ireland languishing well behind our international competitors in the broadband stakes:

  • Ireland currently ranks 22nd out of 30 countries in the OECD for Broadband access.
  • Ireland's 16-24 year olds rank 26th out of 27 in the EU for regular use of the Internet.

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Labour's Plan for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth

Posted on January 30, 2011

Mary Moran, Eamon Gilmore and Liam Hogan - The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Mary Moran, candidate in Louth and Liam Hogan, candidate in Cavan/Monaghan at the launch of Labour's Plan for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth.
The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD with Mary Moran, candidate in Louth and Liam Hogan, candidate in Cavan/Monaghan at the launch of Labour's Plan for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth.

"Job creation and getting our people back to work will be an absolute priority for Labour in government. Nothing summarises the failure of Fianna Fail more than their record on unemployment, the Labour Leader, Eamon Gilmore TD said this afternoon launching our latest policy, Labour's Plan for Enterprise, Innovation and Growth.

"The plan we are launching here today outlines Labour's proposals for a coherent jobs and enterprise strategy that will get a grip on the unemployment problem and drive economic growth... Unemployment and job creation has to receive the priority that it deserves. Labour in government will ensure that this happens."

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Gilmore queries why no Government action has been taken to protect Pfizer jobs

Posted on May 18, 2010

Today's Pfizer job losses were raised in the Dáil during Leaders' Questions by the leader of the Labour Party Eamon Gilmore TD who questioned the Tanaiste Mary Coughlan TD about what action the Government has taken to try and protect Irish workers.

Eamon asked when the Government became aware that these jobs were to go and what was done to protect the jobs, ie were there meetings between Ministers and Pfizer.

"Is any action going to be taken even at this late stage to try and retrieve at least some of these jobs and what plans the Government has to have discussions with Pfizer about this decision to see if there is something that can be done?

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Greatest false economy is to pay people to do nothing

Posted on April 06, 2009

Just the Job - Deputy Willie Penrose, Labour Leader Deputy Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Just the Job' strategy.
Deputy Willie Penrose, Labour Leader Deputy Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Ruairi Quinn at the launch of our 'Just the Job' strategy.

Today we launched our priorities to deal with the unemployment crisis, 'Just the Job'. In the past year more than 173,000 have signed on the Live Register and the need for jobs and training opportunities has never been more acute.

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore launched the document with our Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokesperson, Deputy Willie Penrose and our Spokesperson on Education Deputy Ruairi Quinn.

Speaking at the launch Eamon said: "The more people who continue to lose their jobs, and the longer people stay on the live register, the more expenditure in other areas will have to be cut to pay for it.

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Small business motion tabled in Dáil

Posted on November 27, 2008

Proposing the Labour Party motion on small and medium businesses in the Dáil this week, Labour's Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment has described the situation facing Ireland's small businesses as facing a credit famine.

He said: "What is at issue here is the survival of hundreds of businesses and possibly tens of thousands of jobs. What we are now facing is not businesses closing because they are not profitable - though that will happen. What we are facing is profitable businesses closing down simply because they cannot get access to credit. Every business relies on credit. You need credit to fill the gap between completing a job and getting paid.

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Where is the Ministerial accountability?

Posted on November 26, 2008

The ongoing furore around expenses claimed by Fas executives was once again the main topic during Leaders' Questions this morning in the Dáil. In particular the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore questioned the Government on Ministerial accountability in relation to the debacle.

He said: "The amount of money spent on electronic voting was 100 times what was spent in these expenses in Fas and we have had no Ministerial resignation or accountability to this House for it.

"What we do get and the Taoiseach gave it to us again this morning is this idea that something goes wrong in a State agency 'well that has nothing to do with Ministers' and the Minister will investigate and there will be a report for Government and it disappears into the air somewhere

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Do we have apprentice astronauts?

Posted on November 25, 2008

The recent disclosures on Fas expenditure spent on travel, accommodation and entertainment for senior executives of Fas were the main subject of Leaders' Questions today in the Dail.

The Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil how Fas has registered 6,000 fewer apprentices than two years ago.

He added: "Next year is going to be worse. The number of apprentices in construction will drop from 4,500 to 1,000 and the number of apprentices in electrical trades will drop from 2,500 to 1,000.

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Government's proposed extra Dáil sitting week not acceptable says Gilmore

Posted on June 17, 2008

Speaking ahead of tonight's Private Members' Motion which has been tabled by the Labour Party seeking an extension of the Dáil sitting time over the summer period, the Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore TD told the House how the lengthy summer recess is unacceptable given the serious economic problems facing the country.

Deputy Gilmore said: "Ireland is now facing big problems; the Live Register has passed the 200,000 mark, the biggest increase in unemployment over the last year in 40 years. Jobs are being lost in our economy at a rate of 235 a day, 1600 a week.

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