The Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the new leader of the Labour Party Tanaiste, Joan Burton sat down this morning for discussions on political priorities for the coalition government. It’s expected that the Taoiseach will announce a major shake-up of cabinet portfolios in the coming days, with Fine Gael and Labour Ministers being re-shuffled and others in line for new appointments. Irish Times Political Correspondent Harry McGee and Katie Hannon of Prime Time spoke to Sean about the speculation and the rumours.
The first in a series of Labour Party hustings to elect a new leader and deputy leader took place last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel near Dublin Airport. Our reporter Brian O’Connell went along and got the views of many grassroots members of the party.
As we’ve been hearing nominations for the positions of Labour Party Leader and Deputy Leader close in one hour’s time. And unless the playing field changes in the next 55 minutes Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton will take on Minister of State Alex White for the top job in the party while four candidates have so far put their names forward for the Deputy Leadership. They are Ciara Conway, Alan Kelly, Michael Mc Carthy and Sean Sherlock. Arthur Spring kept people guessing until this morning but has now confirmed he’s not running for either role and has endorsed Joan ...
“We can be confident about the future again – Ireland is in a much better place – the crisis is over and the recovery has begun” That’s the reassuring message from Minister for Social Welfare Joan Burton in her upbeat assessment of where the country stands post the crash. The Minister was speaking during a debate on the Government's priorities on the year ahead.
Paddy O’Gorman’s reported with a snapshot of the thousands who are dependent on social welfare and those who are looking for work. Unemployment is slowly decreasing, but the coming year will still see the worst off hit hardest by the measures laid out in Budget 2014. Joan Burton, the minister directly responsible for the hand-outs and hand-ups joined Sean in studio this morning to look at the issues affecting the worst off in the country.