It’s not a pacifier.
Or is it?
Labour Party HQ, Dublin.
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).
Labour vows to slash the cost of childcare by up to two thirds (Irish Times)
Labour Party HQ, Dublin.
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’.
Also: where’s Joan Burton, anyone?
Leinster House, Dublin 2.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (top centre) talking to the media on the start of General Election 2020.
Labour Party HQ, Aungier Street, Dublin 2
Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin (centre) and Director of Elections Ivana Bacik (left) speaking to the about the forthcoming General Election.
Pamela Kearns, Labour Party Councillor on South Dublin County Council and pre-school teacher
Cllr Pamela Kearns
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.
Greens urge decade of green policies ahead of possible kingmaker role (Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner)
The ‘Green Wave’ hasn’t happened yet.
Irish Georgian Society, Dublin
Green Party Deputy Leader Catherine Martin TD (left), Candidate for Europe Ciaran Cuffe (centre) and party leader Eamon Ryan TD at their party’s final press conference before the European and Local elections.
Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlin TD speaking to the media outside St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 for the final press conference with his party’s candidate for Europe Alex White (to Mr Howlin’s right) before voting on Friday.
Via Michael McNamara, former Labour Party TD for Clare.
Unspecified location, County Kildare.
Buswells Hotel, Dublin 2
The launch of the Labour Party’s Local Election Manifesto with above, from left: Fingal councillor Duncan Smith, Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin and Dublin City Councillors Dermot Lacey, Alison Gilliand and Mary Freehil.
Mr Howlin said:
“I hope people will look at real issues in this campaign instead of those not in the competence of local authorities, because some councils instead of doing the business of the local community are trying to do the business of the United Nations,” he said.
“What people are telling me is, where there used to be Labour councillors and aren’t anymore, we’re missed.”
Cllr Lacey said::
“We spent several hours [at Dublin city council] discussing whether we fly the Palestinian flag over Dublin city hall. On another occasion we called in the Spanish ambassador to tell them off over what is happening in Catalonia.”
Howlin accuses rival left-wing parties of acting like part of ‘the United Nations’ (Irish Examiner)
Leinster House, Dublin 2
Leafers of the Labour Party and Sinn Féin take to the plinth to discuss the no confidence motion in Minister for Health Simon Harris, tabled by Sinn Féin and now supported by Labour. From top: Labour’s Brendan Howlin with Senator Kevin Humphreys (L) and Senator Ged Nash; Mary Lou McDonald.
Labour to support motion of no-confidence in Simon Harris (RTÉ)