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Liz McManus leaving the stage

As an Independent observer of the Wicklow TD, s Dail performance I must on the bases of the data I have before me conclude that Labour Party Wicklow TD Liz McManus is in fact the hardest working TD, of them all and this can be verified by looking at her performance is the Dail
Her efforts on behalf of other people and her staunch support of small groupings of people on the margins of Irish society all stand on the record
Mrs. McManus has informed the labour party of her intention not to go forward as a candidate in the next election and so will no longer be a TD after the next general election
I only hope we are lucky enough to get someone of the same conviction to serve their local community as she has done, but this time without having to serve a corrupt political system that inhibits ones best efforts on behalf of ones constituents

Cowen must go now!

Cowen denies unemployment a ‘low priority’

Wednesday, 16 June 2010 11:39

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has rejected an assertion by Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore that unemployment is a low priority for the Government.

Brian Cowen said the Government had increased the number of training places for the unemployed.

He said jobs were created on the basis of a more competitive economy and predicted net employment creation next year on the basis of current Government strategy.

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Eamon Gilmore said the situation was hopelessly depressing for people out of work.

He described as ‘socially unsustainable’ the situation in which one in three young men was on the dole.

Mr Gilmore criticised what he referred to as the Government’s residual theory of employment and encouraged the Taoiseach to come up with a strategy to get the unemployed back to work.

Source http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0616/politics.html

Comment

As far as I can see this is exactly the case unelected Taoiseach Cowen has done nothing to help the unemployed it is as if they just don’t exist in his world

A world of big bank bonus, mistrial allowances and perks and giving a did out to the golden circle.

Pulling strokes and looking after your cronies (The gutless greens who see no problem supporting the very gangsters who have destroyed our country) the confidence expressed in Cowen yesterday

The country is clearly in the shits because this unelected Taoiseach guilty of economic treason

survives a no confidence vote and the oppositions leader has to face treachery from his own front bench

The Unemployed don’t expect the get anything from Cowen or the Greens anytime soon

They are too busy looking after the big developers and Bankers and squabbling over the plumb jobs for themselves and their laciest.

People of Ireland wake up for God sake!

Closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow

 

Labour TD Liz McManus,

has warned of the serious affects that the closure of libraries in two schools in Co. Wicklow may have.

The two schools that are under threat of having their libraries closed down by the Government are St. Kilian’s Community College in Bray and the Abbey Community College in Wicklow Town.

“I am deeply shocked at the news that the libraries in these two schools

will have to close because of the moratorium on recruiting librarians”,

said Deputy Liz McManus. “The Demonstration Library Projects were set up

in 22 schools around the country to ensure that young people are able to

read and to encourage a love of reading. They provide students with a

welcoming and safe environment where they can read, do homework, or prepare

for exams.

“An estimated €9m was spent on building and stocking these libraries and I

understand that €1m would keep the service going. This is a modest amount

of money for a significant return. These libraries operate in schools that

are located in disadvantaged areas and are specifically aimed at students

who are the most likely to leave school without formal education.

“The school library service has been tried and trust and has delivered for

many young people. Now it is being destroyed by this Fianna Fail

Government who are hell bent in creating economic havoc. They expect us to

shore up the banks while at the same time they are undermining the

potential of our young students attending 2nd-level schools.

“I am calling on Dick Roche as the only Government Minister in Co. Wicklow

to condemn this measure. It is quite clear that where there is strong

opposition in Fianna Fail that they are able to alter Government policy.

While Fianna Fail Deputies are arguing about stag hunting, there isn’t a

whimper about the loss of library services. It is time to stand up and be

counted. Pulling the plug at this stage is tantamount to educational

vandalism”, concluded Deputy McManus.

… ends …

Liz McManus 087-2357369

Michael D looks in !

Dear Friends

As we move into these last sunny days of May, I hope you are making the most of it and perhaps planning to attend some of the festivals across the country this summer, like the Eigse Carlow Arts Festival 11-20 June where I will be reading poetry or the Galway Arts Festival 12-25 July.

Over the last weeks I questioned the government’s priority of debating the criminality of beggars or otherwise in the criminal justice bill as we face this deep recession.

http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/127495465143251541.html

I also called on the government to follow its own policy and make sure trade is fair for developing countries.

The Labour Party highlighted the dismal protection our society affords children and we called again for a constitutional amendment to finally bring redress

http://www.savingchildhoodryan.ie/

http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/127429294732234714.html

As regards Afghanistan, I said that seven Irish soldiers is seven too many and called for complete withdrawal.

http://www.labour.ie/press/listing/127313942911973160.html

Finally, I welcomed Today FMs gift grub and Ian Dempsey’s breakfast show to Galway where poetry was read and songs sung.

http://www.todayfm.com/Shows/Weekdays/Ian-Dempsey-Breakfast-Show/Liveontheroad/BreakfastGalway.aspx

Feel free to look me up on http://www.labour.ie, on twitter or on facebook. As before, if you would like to be removed from this newsletter please reply to this email to that effect!

With best wishes

Michael D

Gilmore criticises Govt economic policies

RTE news reports

Sunday, 16 May 2010 12:30

The Labour Party leader has strongly criticised the Government’s economic policies, accusing the Taoiseach of standing idly by while the economy was taken over by speculators.

Eamon Gilmore was speaking at Arbour Hill in Dublin at the annual James Connolly Commemoration.

He said Taoiseach Brian Cowen is now attempting to rewrite history by whitewashing the past, which he said is a ‘shameful exercise’.

Mr Gilmore also said Fianna Fáil had betrayed the people of Ireland.

He said the National Asset Management Agency is a scheme designed by the golden circle, for the golden circle and delivered in ‘shiny packaging by Fianna Fáil.’

SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor also used the occasion to criticise the Government’s handling of the economy.

Mr O’Connor said the economic crisis has meant sacrifices have to be made by all sections of society, but that no-one should confuse social responsibility with a lack of will to fight.

He said such a fight must be well-informed, strategic and organised. He said public service unions are currently in discussions over what kind of strategy to employ to confront ‘the great challenge of our time’.

Mr O’Connor also described the 1997 Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat coalition as a ‘swarm of locusts’ who ‘destroyed any potential for a stable economy’.

He said the ‘swashbuckling winner takes all’ economic model has run its course


Story from RTÉ News:
http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0516/economy.html

Labour Youth against NAMA

Labour Youth demonstrate outside Angelo Irish Bank

Reminder

 

The
LABOUR’S PAT RABBITTE TD TO SPEAK AT NAMA MEETING IN BRAY

To-Night at 21.00Hrs

The Labour Party in Bray is hosting a meeting covering the area of NAMA &

The Irish Economy next Wednesday, April 7th at 9.00pm in the Strand Hotel,

Seafront, Bray. The guest speaker will be Pat Rabbitte TD, former Labour

Leader and currently Spokesperson on Justice.

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