[At the Labour Party Conference in the Johnstown House Hotel, Meath.today From top: Eamon Gilmore; Conference delegate; Ruairi Quinn (left) and Pat Rabbitte; Joan Burton and Pat Rabbitte; Joan Burton and Jack O’Conor, president of SIPTU; on the conference floor; Eamon Gilmore with from left: Emer Costello, Lorraine Higgins and Phil Prendergast]
“Too many of our people are still just getting by from day to day, and from week to week. Existing, rather than living. Too many people are worried about what next week and next month will bring, and about the future of their children.
These are the people for whom we have to make recovery real.
…We could go back to the bad old ways. Of insider politics. Of tax breaks for those in the know. Of a casino economy where people build and sell property to each other and where families who need homes are priced out. Of a country and an economy run, not by the people for the people, but for a special few, who think they’re worth it.
That’s not the future we choose. ”
Scenes from this weekend’s Labour Party Conference at the INEC, Killarney, Co Kerry.
It’s a new dawn.
From top: Eamon Gilmore Gilmore with a baton used by the Dublin Metropolitan Police on Bloody Sunday in 1913 with TDs Aodhan O Riordain (left) and Gerald Nash; from left: Kathleen Lynch, Brendan Howlin and Joe Costello; Ministers Ruairi Quinn (left) and Pat Rabbitte; SIPTU leader Jack O’Connor receiving the Larkin award from Minister Joan Burton and Eamon Gilmore delivering his keynote speech last night.
Protestors and Garda and private security staff scuffle – amid reports of pepper spray being used – outside the Labour party conference in NUI, Galway this afternoon. The photos – taken in sequence – record the moments protestors broke through a police cordon to get close to the main entrance of the conference venue, the Bailey Allen Hall.