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# Labour

This week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Apology
UK MP apologises for describing Israeli government as ‘fascist’
Kim Johnson also said she recognised the use of the term, ‘apartheid state’, was ‘insensitive’.
Last month
January 2023
# stepping down
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces shock resignation
Ardern said she would step down no later than 7 February because she no longer had ‘enough in the tank’.
# sipo's teeth
Long overdue ethics laws to keep politicians in check can't be delayed, say opposition
Minister Michael McGrath says very many of Sipo’s asks will be included in legislation reforms.
# Labour
Irish study reveals clinicians' views on C-sections for new mothers
A maternity care expert said the study shows the pregnant person is “not at the centre of their care”.
# Ivana Bacik
Irish Labour leader hails UK counterpart but disagrees with his ban on MPs joining protests
Ivana Bacik said she sees what Keir Starmer has done as a lesson the Labour party here can follow.
Last year
2022
# Political Donations
Sinn Féin receive highest amount in disclosed political donations last year
Donations made by TDs, Senators, MEPs across six political parties amounted to €193,511.
# uk general election
Labour leader Keir Starmer calls for a general election 'now' after Liz Truss resigns as PM
‘The Conservative Party has shown it no longer has a mandate to govern,’ said Keir Starmer.
# Labour
Suspended British MP apologises for calling Tory chancellor 'superficially black'
Huq can be heard discussing Kwarteng’s elite school background, adding ‘You wouldn’t know he is black’.
# Climate Change
UK Labour's Miliband mocks '19th century’ Jacob Rees-Mogg and accuses him of ‘climate denial’
Britain’s opposition climate change secretary criticised the Government’s decision to open the door for fracking.
# Border poll
UK's Shadow Northern Ireland secretary ‘would call border poll if circumstances right’
However, Peter Kyle said things are currently a ‘long way off’.
# Explainer
Labour leader Keir Starmer accused of 'own goal' for sacking an MP after he joined a rail picket
The British Labour leader has been accused of turning ‘a Tory transport crisis into a Labour story’.
# UK Labour
On Dublin visit, Keir Starmer accuses Johnson of taking 'wrecking ball' to UK-Irish relations
Starmer’s visit comes as the UK Government revealed plans to introduce legislation that would override parts of the Brexit.
# Visit
British Labour leader Keir Starmer to meet political leaders in Dublin amid NI Protocol row
Starmer will meet Taoiseach Micheál Martin and President Michael D Higgins during the visit.
# Labour
Albanese sworn in as prime minister in Australia ahead of Tokyo summit
Votes are still being counted to determine whether Anthony Albanese will control a majority in Parliament.
# Ah Keir
Keir Starmer to be investigated over ‘beergate’ allegations - Labour leader denies Covid breach
The Labour leader has been under pressure since footage emerged of him drinking with colleagues in 2021.
# just transition
Government response to climate crisis ‘inadequate’, Ivana Bacik says
Micheál Martin said a Just Transition Commission would be set up at the end of the year.
# NEW LEADER
Ivana Bacik confirmed as new leader of the Labour Party
“I sincerely hope that I can repay the trust you have placed in me.”
# Inflation
'Government doesn't get it': Opposition parties say cost of living package won't go far enough
The rising cost of living is ‘hurting people in the pocket’, said Leo Varadkar.
# met police
No 10 efforts to save Johnson are illegal, Commons standards chairman claims
Chris Bryant said threats to withdraw funding from constituencies of MPs seeking to oust the PM should be referred to the police.
All time
# Covid-19
Eamon Ryan has said he took a second Covid-19 test because the first was 'inconclusive'
A spokesperson said that the HSE had recommended a second test and that has returned a negative result.
# starmer
UK Labour leader Keir Starmer tests positive for Covid
He is currently in isolation.
Voices
Opinion: Maternity restrictions forced me to labour in the car park this week
Breege O’Connor tells how she spent her late stages of labour in the car park of the maternity hospital due to Covid restrictions preventing her husband from joining her.
# times of austerity
Budget (Leaks) 2012: Household Charge, Enda's National Address and 'sacrosanct' corporate tax
Budget 2012 was the first budget of the Fine Gael/Labour era.
# Alternative budgets
Rent freeze, free transport, more homes: Here's what other parties say they would do if in power
A refundable tax credit is contained in Sinn Féin’s alternative budget.
# Defence Forces
Opposition parties call for inquiry into abuse in the Defence Forces
Sinn Féin, the Social Democrats and Labour have called for an independent inquiry into the issue, which was revealed in an RTÉ documentary today.
# Labour
New draft guidelines say maternity restrictions should be 'minimum' needed to curb virus
Senior health sources say new guidelines would allow partners to stay all through labour and birth in single-occupancy rooms.
# Apology
Labour TD Ivana Bacik apologises for attending Merrion Hotel party
In a statement, Bacik said that Labour leader Alan Kelly had accepted her apology.
# Labour
'Back in the game': How did Labour defy national opinion polls and get 30% of first preference votes?
The Labour leader says it has been a “difficult” few years electorally, but today is a good day.
# Dublin Bay South
Ivana Bacik promises to be 'strong, progressive, woman’s voice' as she's elected to the Dáil
Bacik fills the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.
# door to door
'As far as we know' Labour members did not engage in fake polling, says Ó Ríordain
The TD says no such polling was ever “sanctioned” by the party leadership.
# Dublin Bay South
Alan Kelly says Ivana Bacik will 'cycle through two extremes' to take by-election seat
Kelly said that Fine Gael and Sinn Féin are trying to present the race as “a dichotomy”.
# Blue Steel
Pressure on Fine Gael but can its blue wall hold in Dublin Bay South?
The high-profile by-election hasn’t been officially set but already it’s being watched closely.
The party will fancy their chances but there's an opportunity for others to spring a surprise, writes Rónán Duffy
Will Eamon Ryan's personal vote be retained in Green hands or could Labour be the beneficiaries?
When Sinn Féin drives turnout it has a chance anywhere but is it a case of right time but wrong place?
Bacik outlines Labour's vision for post-Covid Ireland and attacks government 'shambles' in bye-election bid
Former housing minister Eoghan Murphy resigns as TD for Dublin Bay South
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the country, according to poll
Mary Lou McDonald’s party has seen a slight dip in support but is still ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
# Dublin Bay South
Bacik outlines Labour's vision for post-Covid Ireland and attacks government 'shambles' in bye-election bid
The long-time Senator is looking to win a Dáil seat for Labour in Dublin Bay South.
# Jill Mortimer
UK Conservative Party wins Hartlepool by-election and unseats Labour for first time in almost 50 years
The defeat will be a blow to Keir Starmer’s leadership of Labour.
# Out of work
Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.
# AstraZeneca
Increased concern among public about taking the AstraZeneca vaccine following NIAC decision, says Kelly
The Labour leader says clear advice and practical guidance by public health experts is needed now for the over 60s.
# Gambling
Labour calls for ban on free bets from bookies as they act as 'introduction to gambling' for young people
A Bill proposed by Senator Mark Wall would ban gambling advertisements in Ireland.
Voices
Ivana Bacik: Any trivialising of gender-based violence by the courts is unhelpful
The Labour senator says any downplaying of the seriousness of sexual assaults in the courts will cause the further regression of social attitudes towards these crimes.
# Your Say
Poll: Should renters be allowed to own pets?
Labour says a blanket ban on pet ownership for renters is unfair.