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A social-democratic political party, the second-largest in the Oireachtas. Labour are currently in coalition with Fine Gael having won 37 seats in the 2011 General Election.

# labour - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Analysis: How an RTÉ satire (possibly) helped bring down a government

Ahead of tonight’s reportedly controversial Oliver Callan sketch, Dr Ciara Meehan looks at how Hall’s Pictorial Weekly is associated with the defeat of the then-government in 1977 – but questions whether it was really to blame.

# labour - Saturday 28 December, 2013

Watch: ‘The Labour presence in transport has been important,’ – Alan Kelly.

What is it like being a Labour junior Minister with a Fine Gael cabinet minister? Alan Kelly told

‘There are people driving taxis who shouldn’t be,’ – Alan Kelly

The Minister for Public Transport says that the overhaul of taxis industry has made the industry “unrecognisable”.

# labour - Friday 27 December, 2013

Ireland pledges €2 million in aid to Central African Republic

With over 700,000 people displaced, Ireland is stepping in to help.

‘We’re targeting 5 million extra customers this year,’ – Public Transport Minister

Alan Kelly talks to about prices, unions and those ‘snob’ comments.

# labour - Monday 23 December, 2013

Former British Labour minister sentenced to six months in jail over expenses

Denis MacShane pleaded guilty to making almost £13,000 (€15,500) worth of bogus expenses claims.

# labour - Sunday 22 December, 2013

From Business ETC Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy Opinion

Damien Kiberd: Drop the goody-two-shoes approach to economic policy

Job figure increases are welcome – but Government needs to be bolshy to grab the three things it needs for proper growth.

# labour - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Developing the ‘hard neck’: TDs on death threats, abuse, and their coping strategies

Is enough being done to help out TDs and Senators cope with the abuse they receive and the difficult cases they have to deal with in their constituencies? takes a look.

# labour - Tuesday 17 December, 2013

We don’t intend to lose the discipline that’s been put in the system by the Troika – Taoiseach

Launching a new economic strategy today, the Government says they want unemployment down to 10 per cent by 2016 and under 6 per cent by 2020.

# labour - Monday 16 December, 2013

‘I have no plans whatsoever to be the next EU commissioner’ – Tánaiste

Eamon Gilmore also said that discussions on who will take on the job will not begin until the latter part of next year following talk that colleague Ruairi Quinn is being lined-up.

# labour - Sunday 15 December, 2013

David Hall: Only bankers would benefit from my winning a seat in Europe

The mortgage arrears campaigner said he doesn’t think he could make any difference even if he won a seat in Europe.

# labour - Thursday 12 December, 2013

‘It ain’t so’: Stephen Donnelly dismisses suggestion that he will join Fianna Fáil

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore made the accusation today during Leaders’ Questions in response to a question on budget cuts.

Childers will run in European elections “barring something serious happening”

Former Labour MEP Nessa Childers says she has not made a final decision on her candidacy and is facing a “dilemma”.

Bailout exit sees a rise in support for coalition partners

The bailout exit has contributed to a bump in support for the coalition partners according to a new poll.

# labour - Tuesday 10 December, 2013

“Slán abhaile, Madiba” – TDs pay tribute to Nelson Mandela

Party leaders were given time to speak today in the chamber in memory of the South African leader.

# labour - Monday 9 December, 2013

‘No comment to make’ on reports Kathleen Lynch threatened to resign

The junior health minister was reported in yesterday’s Sunday Business Post to have threatened to quit the government at a meeting over a fortnight ago.

# labour - Sunday 8 December, 2013

Seán Sherlock: ‘Tell me a politician that doesn’t want to be a Cabinet minister’

The Labour TD is tipped for Cabinet and is open to the possibility of it.

# labour - Tuesday 3 December, 2013

Keaveney: Fianna Fáil is a party that has learned from the mistakes of the past

The former Labour chairman has been unanimously accepted into the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party.

Health insurance, Eirgrid and everything else happening in Leinster House

What’s going on in Leinster House? Well, as you asked…

# labour - Monday 2 December, 2013

WATCH: Burton says she hasn’t talked with Gilmore about ‘rift’

The Social Protection Minister was speaking to at the Labour Party national conference in Killarney at the weekend.

# labour - Sunday 1 December, 2013

Joan Burton: We are still going to be heavily overseen by the Troika

The Minister for Social Protection has told it will not be “return to boom time instantly” when the EU/IMF programme ends later this month.

Gilmore warns health bodies could have funding cut if they don’t comply with pay policy

The Tánaiste has said that funding could be cut for agencies that do not comply with public sector pay structures.

Gilmore: Medical card cuts are still as set out in the Budget

The Tánaiste also spoke about his own salary and the ‘squeezed middle’.

# labour - Saturday 30 November, 2013

8 things we’ve learned from the Labour Party’s annual conference

There is still business to be conducted on Sunday, but here’s what we’ve learned about the state of the Labour Party this weekend.

‘No going back to Boom and Bert’: Eamon Gilmore’s speech to the Labour conference

“I am here because I believe in making our country better,” Eamon Gilmore told Labour members in a televised speech from Killarney tonight.

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

Everyone’s been talking about the tragedy in Glasgow, the Labour conference, and the country’s first woman bishop…

Batons, bessies and 4 other things we’ve learned from these Labour conference pics

Security is tight, protests are small and everyone, with a few exceptions, is in a pretty good mood.

Joan Burton admits Labour’s failures on living standards

Meanwhile, Public Expenditure and Reform Minister Brendan Howlin has pledged to repeal the law on emergency public sector pay cuts.

Labour conference hears call for Gilmore to resign over disability cuts

A motion on disability cuts has sparked a call for the Tánaiste to resign at the Labour Party conference in Killarney this morning.

Burton hopes voters will reward Labour next year as day two of conference gets underway

Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will give his party leader address to delegates in Killarney tonight.

# labour - Friday 29 November, 2013

Gilmore: We’d be going into a second bailout without Labour in government

“Unsustainable debts, more job losses, less investment and more cuts,” would happen without Labour in government, the Tánaiste has said this evening.

Conference a key test of whether things really are improving for Labour

Labour members and delegates gather in Killarney for the start of their conference tonight with some signs of improvement in the party’s fortunes.

18 interesting motions to be considered at the Labour conference this weekend

The Labour Party is gathering in Killarney today ahead of its conference this weekend. Here’s a taste of what they will be talking about.

# labour - Thursday 28 November, 2013

The Labour Party is livestreaming its entire conference on YouTube

It’ll have more hits than Gangnam Style…

Gilmore: It was never an option to renege on promissory note deal

Burning the bondholders would be “akin to sovereign default” Eamon Gilmore told the Dáil this morning and said the issue of the promissory note has been “resolved”.

Joan Burton: Why it’s time to talk about a Living Wage for Ireland

Our social welfare system already supports those in work by topping-up low wages. This is why a Living Wage could increase tax revenue and decrease spending on benefits, the Social Protection Minister argues.

# labour - Saturday 23 November, 2013

Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday

New developments in the London slavery case, the latest on the Iran talks, Labour’s strong poll showing, and a big birthday for ‘The Doctor’.

Good news for Labour in new opinion poll, FF and SF both down

More than half of those questioned said they approved of the Government’s actions in leading the country out of the EU/IMF bailout.

# labour - Thursday 21 November, 2013

‘This is wonderful’: ‘Rattled’ Gilmore slams ‘hard-necked hypocrisy’ of Fianna Fáil

The Tánaiste gleefully engaged in one of the government’s favourite pasttimes at Leaders’ Questions this morning: Having a go at Fianna Fáil.