€200 cap on childcare would bring more women into the workplace

Labour Alternative Budget aims to make work pay End low pay and introduce immediate minimum wage increase  Embed flexibility from the start in employment contracts  Labour employment spokesperson Marie Sherlock said there is a crisis in the world of work for thousands of women throughout the country. Through a lack of action on affordable childcare,…

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Households need emergency measures to get through the winter

Windfall Tax to be redistributed to those who need it most Energy price cap to keep the heat on for households Emergency eviction ban while supply comes on stream Launching its Alternative Budget today (Thursday 22nd September) Labour has demanded a radical package of measures to protect households this winter. Speaking today, Labour finance spokesperson…

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Govt must use all powers available to support people through the energy crisis

Questioning the Taoiseach in the Dáil today, Labour leader Ivana Bacik said people need State intervention to tackle spiralling energy prices. Urging Government to take a three-pronged approach to safeguard against huge bills, Deputy Bacik said radical thinking is needed, calling for consideration of the nationalisation of the Corrib gas field. Deputy Bacik said: “Emergency…

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Voices of Mother and Baby Home survivors must be heard

Labour spokesperson on children Seán Sherlock has today (Monday 29th August) strongly criticised Government plans to abandon an independent review of mother and baby home testimony and said that the voices of survivors must be heard. Deputy Sherlock said: “It is appalling that the government can dismiss the concerns raised in the testimonies recorded by…

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Alarming SIPTU Research Underscores Need for Labour’s Childcare Plan

Early Years Educators are underpaid Parents are paying too much Children are without a suitable place Responding to the launch of the SIPTU Big Start Campaign Early Years Staffing and Pay Survey, Labour Leader Ivana Bacik TD has set out Labour’s vision for the sector. Deputy Bacik said, “The results of the Big Start Campaign’s…

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Time to end blanket ban on pets in rented accommodation

Labour’s Renters’ Rights Bill would end restrictions on renters Marking Dog Friendly Ireland Day, Labour housing spokesperson Rebecca Moynihan has called for a ban on landlords prohibiting pets in rented accommodation. Labour’s Renters’ Rights Bill would end this blanket ban on pets which would enable renters to make their house their home. Senator Moynihan said:…

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2007 law on maximum price orders must be used to help struggling households through cost of living crisis

Regulators missing in action on escalating price rises European Commission has confirmed energy caps are an option for Ireland Enterprise Committee hearings on maximum price orders requested Labour’s Finance and Public Expenditure spokesperson Ged Nash has criticised the government for failing to use the laws available to help manage the cost of living crisis. Deputy…

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Real and meaningful action needed now from Government to support hard pressed workers and families

Government must act now to support all wage earners. An increase in small benefit exemption an easy and meaningful first step Reacting to reports that there will be no meaningful action before October to address the spiralling cost of living, Labour Senator Marie Sherlock has today (Wednesday, 1st June) said the Government cannot keep hiding…

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Ireland must be a world leader in regulating harmful behaviour by online platforms

Facebook whistle-blower calls on Irish legislators to hold Big Tech to account Labour spokesperson on media, arts and culture, Senator Marie Sherlock has said Ireland has a responsibility to be a defender of human rights and intervene to better regulate Big Tech organisations such as Facebook. Speaking during an Oireachtas briefing organised by Senator Marie…

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Illegal adoption report recommendations must be implemented

Speaking following the publication of a report of the Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Conor O’Mahony, on illegal adoption in Ireland, Labour Spokesperson for Children Ivana Bacik TD has called on the Government to implement its recommendations quickly. Deputy Bacik said: “The publication of today’s report should act as impetus for long-overdue progress in Ireland. In…

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