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We must do more for women affected by domestic abuse

Posted on June 15, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions Party Leader Brendan Howlin brought up the harrowing statistics of violent abuse against women in Women's Aid 2015 Report. Deputy Howlin called on the Taoiseach to enact legislation to protect women against domestic violence and called on the Dáil to do more than just debate the Report and set up a 24/7 helpline for women affected by domestic abuse to receive support.


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We will make a significant impact on Oireachtas Committees

Posted on June 15, 2016

Earlier today our Party Leader Brendan Howlin announced what committee memberships our TDs will be taking on as part of our work in the Dáil.

Under the new d'Hondt system Seán Sherlock will chair the Committee on Public Sector Oversight and Petitions as well as being a member of the Joint Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform.

Deputy Joan Burton will sit on the newly established Budgetary Arrangements Committee as well as the Joint Committee on Education and Skills.

As our Spokesperson on Health, Deputy Alan Kelly will sit on the Health Committee as well as sitting on the Public Accounts Committee.

Our Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Jan O'Sullivan will sit on the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs

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Deputy Brendan Howlin tabled questions on funding for housing today during Leaders Questions..

Posted on June 14, 2016

During Leaders Question today in the Dáil, the Labour Leader Brendan Howlin welcomed the Government's decision of an infrastructural fund of €250 million to be used for housing. However Deputy Howlin questioned how Local Authorities were to match the funding and when the money would be drawn down. You can watch the full exchange below.


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Let's Defeat the Cynics - Brendan Howlin addressing Tom Johnson Summer School 2016

Posted on June 14, 2016

At the annual Tom Johnson Summer School, Brendan Howlin gave his first address to Labour Party members as Labour Party Leader. Deputy Howlin spoke about the gains Labour made in Government and how we will highlight issues rooted in core Labour values in opposition.


Deputy Howlin spoke about whilst others on the left talk, the Labour Party do the hard yards. "But alone on the left Labour realises the link between social progress and economic success. In our last two periods in office we have left the economy and the public finances in better condition than we found them. Who else can say that?"

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Munster winner of the Labour Party 1916 Primary School Art competition 'My Republic' - Gaelscoil Mhainitir Na Corann

Posted on June 13, 2016

Labour Party 1916 Primary School Art competition 'My Republic'

We were delighed recently to welcome pupils from Gaelscoil Mhainitir Na Corann (Midletown) with winning student Abbie Foley (10 years old) to the Dáil. Abbie was the Munster winner of the Labour Party 1916 Primary School Art competition 'My Republic'. The class enjoyed a tour of the House after meeting the Party Leader Brendan Howlin TD and their local Labour Oireachtas member Deputy Sean Sherlock.

Here's Abbie with her winning entry and you can check out more photographs from their day on our Flickr account

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We Need Young People to Rebuild the Labour Party - Brendan Ryan

Posted on June 10, 2016

Opening the Labour Youth Tom Johnson Summer School, Labour Party Whip and TD for Fingal Brendan Ryan emphasised the key role young people will have in the rebuild of the Labour Party.



Deputy Ryan spoke about the role young people will play in upcoming campaigns for the Labour Party and Labour Youth's record in campaigning for workers' rights. 

Follow all the action for the weekend on Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat (thelabourparty)

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We need an All-Party Pledge to tackle crime and inequality in North Inner City Dublin

Posted on June 09, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions Brendan Howlin called on the Government to to establish a robust task force dedicated to tackling crime and deprivation in Dublin’s North Inner City. 


Deputy Howlin stressed that it is essential the task force carries real weight and has a cross government department approach in tackling the root causes of crime and deprivation. It must include representation from the North Inner City community. The people who understand most the problems in the area are the people who live and work in the community. 

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We've announced our Spokespeople

Posted on June 08, 2016

Today our Party Leader Brendan Howlin announced our spokespeople line up on Kildare Street.


In the Dáil, in the Seanad, and in society at large, they will lead the work of rebuilding our party. And fighting for progressive change in Ireland. The group of 19 spokespersons announced today will begin this important work working with our 50 councillors.

Our councillors and spokespersons, along with members across the length and breadth of the country will begin working to revive a radical policy agenda for the Labour Party;


Brendan Howlin TD

  • Labour Party Leader
  • Spokesperson on Justice and Northern Ireland


Joan Burton TD

  • Spokesperson on the Arts
  • Spokesperson on Education and Skills
  • Spokesperson on Finance


Alan Kelly TD

  • Spokesperson on Health
  • Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation


Jan O’Sullivan TD

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Labour's workers' rights motion is the first defeat for Government

Posted on June 02, 2016

Last night, the Dáil supported the Labour Party’s motion and said #Yes4WorkersRights. This marks the first loss for the new FG/Independent Government and the first time a Government has lost a Private Members' Motion since 1989.

We were delighted to be joined in the Dáil Gallery last night by Clerys' workers, trade unionists and Labour members old and new to see the Dáil back improving working conditions for people by introducing a living wage, tackling zero hour contracts and delivering stronger rights and protections for employees in the workplace.

The passing of our motion has shown New Politics and Labour's constructive opposition at work. We've only just begun - get involved today.


The Labour Leader Brendan Howlin TD introducing Labour's workers' rights motion to the House



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When will the Government #EndZeroHours?

Posted on May 31, 2016

Today during Leaders' Questions our Party Leader Brendan Howlin asked the Taoiseach when the Government plan to legislate for the recommendations of the University of Limerick Report on Zero Hour Contracts. 

Deputy Howlin pointed out to the Taoiseach that there is only 2 paragraphs on workers' rights in the Programme for Governemnt which is miniscule compated to other topics - and that workers' rights were in danger of being the first area seriously damaged by this Governmet.


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