Labour calls for applications for ‘Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary’

20 June 2016

Launching the Labour Party’s ‘Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary’, Chairperson of Labour’s 1916 Commemoration Committee, Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has invited students to apply for the bursary awarded for the upcoming 2016-17 academic year.

The bursary, worth €2,000, is named after the leader of the Labour Group on Dublin Corporation who was killed during the Easter 1916 Rising, Cllr Richard O’Carroll, and has been launched as part of the Labour Party’s 1916 Commemoration Programme.

“Throughout his life as a trade unionist and labour activist, Councillor Richard O’Carroll promoted education as a means to liberate young people from poverty. We are honoured to have worked with Richard O’Carroll’s relatives to create this bursary which we hope will assist young people further their career through education.

“The Labour Party is about bread and roses. Bread: for dignity at work; rights at work; and protection at work, but also roses: for aspiring to something more profound, that money can’t buy. Education is key to realising these aspirations. Education is the great liberator.”

Leader of the Labour Party, Brendan Howlin TD, said: “The Labour Party has hosted a series of events around the country to commemorate and reflect upon the centenary of the 1916 Rising. It is one thing to reflect on the past, but we must also look forward, and promoting education and training is central to that. The Richard O’Carroll Empowerment Bursary is a fitting way to mark the legacy and values of Councillor O’Carroll and I am delighted that the Labour Party has worked with his family to create this bursary.”


Notes: Criteria for applicants, terms and conditions, and the 2016 online application form is available at:

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