John Lyons TD today took part in a photo op outside the National College of Ireland to encourage more young people to ensure they are registered to vote for Marriage Equality.
Speaking at the event, Deputy Lyons commented: “It’s extremely worrying that 120,000 young people are still not registered to vote. On May 22nd this generation will have a historic chance to break with the past and guarantee Marriage Equality for gay and lesbian couples. Polls are tightening so it’s more important than ever that everyone who wants to see a Yes vote makes sure they can have their say on the 22nd.”
Labour Youth National Chairperson Jack Eustace added: “When we look back on this referendum in years to come, it’s going to be a real defining moment in our country’s history. We want to make sure that as many young people as possible are a part of making Marriage Equality a reality. Voter registration campaigns like the USI’s have done amazing work already, but there’s still a significant group of young people who are at risk of not having their opinion heard.”
Deputy Lyons continued: “If you’re a young person, or indeed anyone who isn’t sure whether you’re currently registered to vote, we’re asking you to please visit checktheregister.ie and follow the simple steps they provide before May 5th. Don’t miss this chance to ensure Ireland says yes to equality!”
Labour Youth is delighted to welcome the election of its candidate Neil Warner to the position of Vice President of the Young European Socialists over the weekend.
National Chairperson Jack Eustace commented: “Neil’s election as Vice President of YES represents the first time in over twenty-five years a Labour Youth member has held that position. It’s a testament to the hard work put in by our international team over the last number of years, and to the commitment to European solidarity of the Labour Youth general membership.”
Labour Youth’s International Officer Kerri Ryan, who led the delegation to the congress in Switzerland at which Warner was elected, said “The team worked so hard to get Neil across the line and see him elected Vice President. We’re very grateful to our comrades across the continent who endorsed Neil’s vision of an organisation that acts, organises and communicates on a truly European level.”
Warner, a former Labour Youth International Officer, also commented on his election: “I’m delighted to have won the position with the support and encouragement of fellow Labour Youth members and left-wing activists across Europe. I’m really looking forward to getting started and working closely with the new President Laura Slimani, Secretary-General Nina Zivanovic and the rest of YES over the next two years.”
Labour Youth has voiced its full support for the Dunnes Stores workers on strike today.
National Chairperson of Labour Youth Jack Eustace said: “The poor treatment of workers by Dunnes Stores is nothing short of a disgrace. The striking workers have our full backing and we will be joining them on the picket line in Henry Street, Dublin, Cork City, and elsewhere.
“There is simply no excuse for the level of uncertainty faced by these workers in their hours and their work. Dunnes Stores should do the decent thing and respect their staff’s concerns immediately.
“Labour Youth has been campaigning hard to increase worker security by tackling zero hour contracts and low pay. Without decisive action on a national level, we feel scandalous behaviour like that of the Dunnes Stores management is doomed to be repeated.
“We call on Labour in Government to continue its work and ensure action on low pay and zero hour contracts before the end of the year.’