A photo obtained by The Irish Independent shows the Labour Party boss unmasked on the Luas
Via Irish Independent:
Labour leader Alan Kelly has apologised after the emergence of a picture of him not wearing a face mask while travelling on the Luas.
Independent.ie has obtained a picture of the Tipperary TD travelling on the Luas Green Line on Tuesday night. Mr Kelly is seen in the picture not wearing a face mask or covering.
The Labour leader apologised on Wednesday morning and said he was distracted while watching Manchester United’s Champions League encounter against RB Leipzig.
…The Tipperary TD has been to the forefront of campaigning on various issues around Covid-19 and in recent weeks has been challenging the Government on its plans to roll out a vaccine, including calling for a Vaccine Minister.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane (above) launches the Sinn Fein Alternative Budget Proposals for Health joined by Thomas Gould TD (second right); spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD (right); and spokesperson on Climate Justice, Senator Lynn Boylan (left).
Labour senator Ivana Bacik (above and top) – representing a group of ten senators who are taking action to find out if the Seanad can sit without the next taoiseach’s nominees – arrives for a specially convened hearing.
The State argues it cannot sit until all 60 members are appointed.
The outcome of the case will be significant if a government is not formed this weekend as legislation for terrorist and gangland crime – including the operation of the Special Criminal Court – needs to be renewed by next Monday or it will lapse.
The case is being heard by three judges of the High Court, including the President of the court Ms Justice Mary Irvine.
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’.