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Will #Budget17 see a focus on Early Years Education?

Posted on September 27, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions in the Dáil, our Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs Jan O'Sullivan asked the Taoiseach if#Budget17 will see a focus on Early Years Education. Deputy O'Sullivan asked the Taoiseach what options are on the table in regard to Early Years Education and if those working in the sector can expect to see any increases in their pay. 



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Unlocking the Door - Labour's Housing Plan

Posted on July 18, 2016

Earlier today our Housing and Planning Spokesperson, Jan O'Sullivan TD launched our Social and Affordable Housing Bill 2016 with Willie Penrose TD and Cllr Duncan Smith.


The purpose of this Bill is to amend various pieces of legislation in order to make improvements to the current serious shortage in supply of housing for sale or for rent at affordable prices, and to ensure a stable and functioning housing market.

This Bill is set in the context of looking at the constitutional balance between the rights of private property and the principle of social justice and the common good. And while it represents a strong and comprehensive legislative response to the issues, it has to be acknowledged that legislation alone, cannot fix everything.

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50,000 New Apprenticeships by 2020-Labour is Standing up for Young People

Posted on January 21, 2016

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Last night at our Connolly Cafe with Labour Youth , Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan announced if re-elected to Government Labour will create 50,000 additional apprenticeship places by 2020.

Since entering government in 2011 Labour Ministers for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn and Jan O'Sullivan have made significant reforms in modernising the existing apprenticeship system through the work of the Apprenticeship Council. The planning and development of 25 new apprenticeship programmes is currently underway and will lead to a number of these progressing to enrolment later this year.


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5 days 5 ways - Numeracy & Literacy Strategy Adds Up - Minister Jan O'Sullivan

Posted on June 30, 2015

Day 2 JOS Literacy

This week’s #5Days5Ways campaign highlights 5 key areas in which Labour and Minister of Education and Skills, Jan O'Sullivan continues to introduce and deliver education reform and today we are highlighting the first improvements to literacy and numeracy levels for more than 30 years. 

Literacy is the key that unlocks a child’s education. It is the most basic - not to mention the most important - life skill that our schools teach. Labour wants to ensure that no child leaves an Irish school without being able to read and write.

We see it as being vital to the future of our recovering economy and society. Here are some facts:

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Leaving Cert students get the thumbs up from Jan

Posted on August 13, 2014

Jan Leaving Cert Limerick

Today Minister for Education, Jan O’Sullivan, was in Limerick to present Leaving Cert students at St. Nessan’s Community College with their exam results.

Jan congratulated all 56,990 students around the country who received their results today, and spoke about it being a ‘milestone’ for the students:

Completing secondary school and the Leaving Certificate is a milestone in many people’s lives. Every student should be proud of their achievement. Today is the culmination of much hard work and sacrifice and I hope that the effort students made is reflected in their results.”

Jan also mentioned the fantastic progress being made, with the number of students taking Higher Level Maths up from 16% in 2011 to 27% this year. She wished students the very best for their future:

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Changes being made to the PRTB to help tackle anti-social behaviour

Posted on March 04, 2013

Following representations made by various Labour TDs Minister Jan O'Sullivan is introducing measures which will help people living in housing estates experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour. 

Mniister Jan OSullivan recently introduced legislation to amend the Private Residential Tenacies Board which will make it easier for Residents' Associations to take a case regarding anti-social behaviour on behalf of a resident. In addition a resident who is dealing with anti-social behaviour must resolve the issue with the landlord; under the new measures a resident must contact a landlord but if some reason they are unable to they will still be able to take a case directly to the PRTB. This is not the case at the moment. In the video Minister O'Sullivan explains why the changes are being made. 

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Ireland can reiterate commitment to children - O'Sullivan

Posted on September 27, 2012

On November 10th the country will vote on the Children's Referendum and this week the corresponding legislation has been making its way through the House. A number of Labour TDs have made contributions to the debate and you can find links to the speeches below.

In her speech Minister Jan O'Sullivan pointed out that through this referendum, Ireland can at last reiterate its commitment to children, both legally and symbolically. "It is about enshrining in the Constitution a vision of children as citizens recognised as having an entitlement to inherent rights that must be vindicated. The principle that the voice of children should be heard is very important."

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Making progress on tackling unfinished developments

Posted on July 05, 2012

Today's announcement of progress being made on unfinished housing estates by Minister Jan O'Sullivan marks yet another Labour commitment made going into Government to deal with the scurge of ghost estates and improve the quality of life for the residents living in or near them.

Minister O'Sullivan's report The Final Report of the Advisory Group on Unfinished Housing Developments, details a comprehensive suite of actions that have been taken in response to the plethora of unfinished housing developments left in the wake of the property bubble.

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A week of progress on promises - Eamon Gilmore

Posted on June 29, 2012

Two key measures to deal with the issue of personal and mortgage debt were announced this week.

Yesterday, Minister for Housing, Jan O'Sullivan launched the Mortgage to Rent scheme on a national basis. This scheme will allow for transfer of ownership of the property to an approved housing body, with the family becoming tenants. We want to ensure that where possible, families can remain in their homes.

[We blogged about Minister O'Sullivan's Mortgage to Rent scheme which you can read at this link.]

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Labour delivers on personal debt reform

Posted on June 29, 2012

Minister Jan O'Sullivan - Minister Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of the Personal Insolvency Bill
Minister Jan O'Sullivan at the launch of the Personal Insolvency Bill

The launch of the Personal Insolvency Bill today marks another promise delivered by Labour. As committed to under the Programme for Government, the Personal Insolvency Bill offers constructive help to the many thousands of people who are struggling day to day with mortgage and personal debt.

While radically reducing the term of bankruptcy from twelve years to three, this Bill will provide for Debt Relief Notices for debts up to €20,000; and creates a Debt Settlement Arrangement and Personal Insolvency Arrangement which will allow homeowners to enter into an arrangement with banks in order to write down mortgage debt on a case by case basis. Altering the balance of powers, banks will now have to offer reasonable proposals to customers; otherwise the customer will have the option of bankruptcy.

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