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Are there two Labour Parties? July 3, 2016

Posted by irishelectionliterature in Irish Politics.
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There have been numerous times in the past number of months when I wondered about the various different Labour Parties that seem to exist in Ireland. I was a bit confused until I recently read of a bill to address Religious discrimination in Primary Schools

Labour Party Education Spokesperson Joan Burton, along with Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, will launch the Party’s Equal Status (Admission to Schools) Bill 2016 tomorrow.
The Bill will be debated in Labour’s Private Members’ time in Dáil Éireann on Tuesday, and will be voted on, on Thursday.

I thought to myself that this must be confirmation that there is a different Labour Party to the Labour Party that, with their largest ever mandate, was in Government for the last fives years. The very same Labour Party that also held the post of Minister for Education for that five year period and if they had wanted to do something about it would surely have addressed the issue then when it could.

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1. Aonrud ⚘ - July 3, 2016

Two? There’s still a Labour party?

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2. EWI - July 3, 2016

Why yes, there’s of course two Labour parties (as there are two different IMPACT unions, etc. depending on whether or not Labour are in government).

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3. Gearóid - July 3, 2016

One could say the same of the British Labour Party.😉

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4. Mick 2 - July 3, 2016

Yes, and this goes for many issues and will go for many more for the LP in opposition in 2016. Cf. their first private members’ slot being used to table a motion on workers’ rights (lol). Its introduction was quasi-boycotted, delivered to an empty chamber. Left-wing deputies had a field day when the debate resumed the next day.

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