The Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square Dublin 2.
Above from left: Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin, Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan and Duncan Smith, candidate for Fingal, launch the party’s General Election 2020 housing strategy, which includes a proposed rent freeze.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin launches his party’s Generel Election 2020 manifesto.
Asked about entering government with Sinn Fein, Mr Howlin said:
“There’s two phases in that. I think one of the mistakes all of us in the left made in the past is we were picked off, attacking each other.
The Greens went into government with Fianna Fáil and they were demolished. We went into government and we were demolished.
We need to have an alliance of progressive thinkers who could set out a platform of investment to solve this crisis. Once we have that, I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin.”
“I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin but the caveat I’ve entertered and I entered this on every occasion, is there is a fundamental issue of trust. Now I have served in government and it collapsed on the basis of trust, government, between different parties, only can survive on the basis of trusting one another.”
The Labour Party published proposals for new public childcare options.
The party has pledged to roll out a pilot scheme which will at first benefit 6,000 children and will be targeted initially at parents who cannot afford to work and pay for childcare costs.
The applications process will involve a parent declaring their income and showing two quotes from commercial providers.
Initially if the childcare cost is more than 30 per cent of the parent’s net income, they will be eligible for inclusion in the scheme.
A spouse’s income is not included which means the calculations will be based only on one parent’s income, the party said.
From top: )l-r) Deputy Chair of Labour Women Hannah Deasy with baby Oliver (8 months), Labour election candidate Andrew Montague with his son Phillip (1.5 years), and Lorraine Mulligan with Harry Power (6 months); Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with Oliver Deasy Celin and Andrew Montague with son Phillip; Senator Ó Ríordáin and baby Harry Power (6 months).
Pic 3, from left: Director of Elections Ivana Bacik, Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlinand Alan Kelly surrounded by Labour candidates at the launch of Labour Party General Election campaign bearing the slogan: ‘Building An Equal Society’.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (top centre) talking to the media on the start of General Election 2020.
A wee announcement:
I will be asking the people of Cavan Monagan to elect me to the Dáil.
This election is an opportunity to end the rip-off of Irish families and the neglect of our communities by Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael.
It’s time for change – it’s time for Sinn Féin! pic.twitter.com/pHG3dnbLhS
Right…this is going to be a long thread but it needs reporting. A relatively new, self-declared “grassroots” campaign group @LetKidsBeKidsIE opposed to proposed changes to sex education in schools held a public meeting in Templeogue this evening.
Above from left: Alan Kelly TD with Senator Ged Nash and Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin and Joan Burton TD (top right)
We only hit you because we love you.
Royal College of Physicians Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
The Labour Party launched its Alternative Budget 2020….
Labour leader Brendan Howlin warned the Fine Gael economic “recovery” is failing to work for large parts of the country, saying some areas still face 8% unemployment rates while one in four are working low-paying jobs.
With the threat of a no deal Brexit looming on the horizon, he said vulnerable people must be protected, in next Tuesday’s budget, with specific measures needed to improve employment levels in areas outside of Dublin…
Above from left: Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD, Finance Spokesperson Neasa Hourigan and Leader Eamon Ryan TD launching their pre-budget submission yesterday
Irish Georgian Society, Dublin 2.
Green Party leader Eamon Ryan has thrown down the environmental gauntlet to Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil by insisting next week’s budget must be the start of a decade of green policies to save the country.
Mr Ryan made the claim at the launch of his party’s alternative budget, saying “a decade-long strategy for a carbon neutral Ireland” is vital if a “secure future for the next generation” is to be achieved.