Tánaiste offers sympathies on death of Christy O’Connor

I was saddened to hear of the sudden death of golf legend, Christy O’Connor Jnr. My thoughts first and foremost are with his wife Ann, children, Nigel and Ann along with his extended family and friends. Christy led a very active and full life; he achieved great successes as a golfer. He competed in over…

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Burton and Ó Ríordáin welcome increase to the direct provision allowance for children

The Government has today announced that it will increase the Direct Provision Allowance (DPA) for children by an additional €6.00 per week. This will bring the allowance to €15.60 per week for each child. The increase to the allowance will directly benefit children and their families living in Direct Provision centres and those coming to…

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29,000 more people back at work shows Labour’s jobs plan is working

Cork South West Labour Party TD Michael McCarthy has welcomed the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office which show that 29,000 more people are in work than in December 2014. Deputy McCarthy commented: “The fact that so many more people are back in work than in December 2014 again demonstrates that Labour’s plan to…

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Minister Nash welcomes steady decline in unemployment

 The Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash TD has welcomed new unemployment figures published today which show that unemployment is continuing to fall. The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the unemployment rate for December 2015 was 8.8%.  This is down significantly from the same period last year, when the jobless…

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Costello reiterates call for Clerys owners to meet with workers

On foot of last night’s RTE documentary on the closure of Clerys department store, Dublin Central Labour Party TD Joe Costello has reiterated his call on the owners of Clerys, Natrium, to meet with the former workers to negotiate a fair redundancy package.  Deputy Costello commented: “On the 12th June 2015 Natrium bought Clerys and…

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Progress continues on jobs front as unemployment hits 7-year low – Burton

Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D., has welcomed CSO figures today which show unemployment is at its lowest level in seven years. Unemployment fell in December by 700 to 190,600, or 8.8%, down from a rate of 10.2% in December 2014. The Tánaiste commented: “Today’s figures confirm the pattern of a continued…

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Labour Youth make submission to end “If and When” contracts

Labour Youth has today reaffirmed its position on tackling precarious work by making a submission to the expert consultation group which will look into legislation to end the use of If and When Contracts, as recommended by a study conducted by the University of Limerick.  National Chairperson of Labour Youth, Grace Williams comments: “It is…

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Tuffy urges households to recycle following Christmas break

Labour’s Joanna Tuffy is encouraging people to recycle household goods following the Christmas break and to dispose of their trees properly. Deputy Tuffy stated: “Now that the holiday period is over, many people will be spending this week getting their homes ready for Spring. During this time, it’s important that people remember to dispose of…

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Labour Youth welcomes Minimum Wage increase for 2016

Labour Youth welcomes the implementation of the minimum wage increase from today which come on top of reductions in USC for low-earners, that were introduced as part of Budget 2016. National Chairperson, Grace Williams, says on the issue: “Labour Youth is delighted that the minimum wage is increasing in 2016 from €8.65 to €9.15 an…

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A good day for accountability as Garda Authority becomes operational

Accountability in policing in Ireland has taken a massive step forward today as the Garda Authority is formally established. An Garda Siochana has served this country extremely well since the foundation of the state, but as the demands on the force become more complex it has become even more important that the force operates within…

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