Sunday 19 November 2017

Joan Burton's speech at #LP15 - Unemployment will fall below 10pc soon

Tanaiste and Leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton sits with the delegates during the Social and Econimic Recovery discussion at the Labour Party national Conference in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney.
28/2/15
Pic Frank Mc Grath
Tanaiste and Leader of the Labour Party, Joan Burton sits with the delegates during the Social and Econimic Recovery discussion at the Labour Party national Conference in the Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney. 28/2/15 Pic Frank Mc Grath
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Tanaiste Joan Burton says unemployment will soon fall below 10pc in her address to the Labour Party conference this evening.

"Unemployment will shortly fall below 10pc for the first time since the economic crisis," Tanaiste Joan Burton

Over 90,000 new jobs have been created, she told the conference in her address.

And she promised some 40,000 more are on the way this year.

She also claimed that wages have increased by more than 2pc.

She also emphasised the importance of education.

She told party delegates she went to UCD on a scholarship - and her loving adoptive parents would never have been able to afford the fees.

The country is enduring economic spring, she told the conference. "We have conquered that fear and replaced it with hope."

To a rapturous round of applause, the Labour party leader hit out at "progress deniers" who hijack protests. "In a free society, that's bullying," she said.

She then turned her attention to those living on minimum wage, promising that if the Low Pay Commission recommends a rise in the minimum wage, the party will follow the recommendation. She also pledged to increase child benefit in the next budget, and added that the provision of two years free pre-school will form a major plank of Labour's general election manifesto.

Her speech is ongoing.

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