GOVERNMENT HAS FAILED SECTION 39 WORKERS

26 July 2018

Labour Health spokesperson Alan Kelly TD, has repeated his call for the pay of Section 39 workers to be restored, and as workers confirmed they would now go on strike, said the Government had failed them by not reaching agreement on starting pay restoration by the end of 2018. Deputy Kelly said: “For the want … Continue reading Government has failed Section 39 workers

MINIMUM WAGE MUST BE TRANSFORMED TO A REAL LIVING WAGE

19 July 2018

Labour spokesperson on Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Senator Ged Nash, has said that that the National Minimum Wage must be transformed to a real Living Wage of €11.90 per hour. Senator Nash said: “Today, the Low Pay Commission has published a report recommending that the National Minimum Wage goes up to €9.80 per hour … Continue reading Minimum wage must be transformed to a real living wage

EXHIBITION CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN

19 July 2018

Commenting on the launch of the exhibition ‘Votes for Women: Suffrage and Citizenship’ today, Chairperson of the Vótáil 100 Committee, Labour Senator Ivana Bacik encouraged young people to visit the exhibition and to celebrate the work of women who fought for suffrage. “As Chairperson of the Vótáil 100 Committee organising the Oireachtas celebrations around the … Continue reading Exhibition celebrates the lives of revolutionary women

LABOUR PARTY CONFIRMS SUPPORT FOR RE-ELECTION OF PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS

12 July 2018

At a meeting of the Labour Party Executive Board this evening, on the recommendation of the Party Leader it was unanimously agreed that the Party would support the re-election of Michael D Higgins as President of Ireland. Deputy Howlin said: “On my recommendation, the Executive Board of the Labour Party has today unanimously agreed that … Continue reading Labour Party confirms support for re-election of President Michael D Higgins

BUS CONNECTS PUBLIC CONSULTATION EXTENDED

12 July 2018

I had asked the NTA to extend the Public Consultation period for bus connects from September 14th until later in the autumn The NTA has agreed to extend the consultation period till the end of September. For further information please go to busconnects.ie  

STATE MUST DELIVER AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR ALL

10 July 2018

Labour Housing spokesperson, Jan O’Sullivan today published a comprehensive policy document outlining Labour’s proposals for state led action to fix the housing system and deliver affordable housing for all. Deputy O’Sullivan said: “The Labour Party is proposing a new model of delivery for affordable housing that would over five years deliver 80,000 units of housing … Continue reading State must deliver affordable housing for all

IRISH INTERESTS MUST BE PROTECTED FROM UK BREXIT INSTABILITY

9 July 2018

Speaking today about the high-level resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis in the UK, Labour leader Brendan Howlin TD spoke about the absolute necessity for Ireland’s interests to be protected from instability in the British Government. Deputy Howlin said: “Theresa May’s Government looks extremely shaky following the resignation of the Brexit Secretary, David Davis, … Continue reading Irish interests must be protected from UK Brexit instability

MARIA CAHILL TO BECOME SDLP COUNCILLOR

9 July 2018

My good friend Maria Cahill is to be co-opted onto Lisburn and Castlereagh Council as an SDLP councillor. Máiría has shown incredible bravery and courage in publicly calling out the republican movement for the abuses she suffered at their hands, and has continued to campaign for justice for other victims of abuse. As a Labour … Continue reading Maria Cahill to become SDLP councillor

FF CONVERSION ON TAX CUTS TWO YEARS TOO LATE

9 July 2018

The reports today that the Fianna Fáil Public Expenditure spokesperson wants the budget to focus on living costs comes two years too late for many Irish people. The comments are a timely conversion however I’d like to know if it is supported by the Fianna Fáil Finance spokesperson Michael McGrath. In the total confusion that … Continue reading FF conversion on tax cuts two years too late

HOME BUILDING BILL MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO LINE THE POCKETS OF PRIVATE DEVELOPERS

5 July 2018

Government’s new Housing Bill must be used for the development of more affordable purchase homes. This Bill must focus on the needs of working persons looking to enter the housing market, and not simply be a tool for wealthy developers to use public monies to drive up the cost of properties. Ireland is now subject to … Continue reading Home building bill must not be allowed to line the pockets of private developers