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A Christmas message from the Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Eamon Gilmore

Posted on December 23, 2013 at 04:41 PM

The Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour Party Eamon Gilmore.

I would like to wish you all the very best for the year ahead. This time last year I said that 2013 would be the year when we would begin to have sight of the long hoped for economic recovery. That has happened and now as we start into 2014 we can dare to hope again for the first time since the crisis began.

Our economy is starting to pick up, jobs are being created, unemployment is falling, retail sales are increasing, the property market is starting to move once again and consumer confidence is rising. Last month we exited the EU/IMF bailout programme. These are all clear signals that we are getting back on our feet and are ready to step forward to the next stage in ending the seemingly endless crisis.

I can’t pretend that the journey is over yet. Recovery is only real when the unemployed are back at work, when there are new jobs for the young coming out of school and college and there are new jobs at home for those who have gone abroad. When incomes are growing and people can see a better tomorrow for their children.

But we have made significant progress. Progress that is due to the hard work and the endurance of people throughout the country. I appreciate this opportunity to thank you the reader for the part you have played in this and finally to wish you and yours a peaceful 2014.

Eamon Gilmore TD

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