Ortation at the Captian Noel Lemass Commemoration

It was an honour to deliver the ortation at this years Capt. Noel Lemass commemoration in Glenncullen, Co. Wicklow. I spoke about Captain Noel Lemass and the service the Lemass family gave to Ireland. Reflected on the history of the party and how it had always evolved to meet changing circumstances and must continue to do so.

From electoral lows in 1927 and 2011 to the highs of 1932, 1959, and subsequent years in Government the party has continually renewed to lead Ireland. I also detailed what the future holds for Fianna Fáil in a modern Ireland as the party and the country adapt and grow with societal changes today.

Well done to the organising committee of Vice President Arthur Griffin, Aidan O’Connor, Sean Haughey T.D., and the wider Lemass Family who run this commemoration annually. You can read my full speech here or watch below.

Selected to contest the next general election

c754c8c7-df40-43a5-b0ee-810919a621dbI have been nominated by the party membership to contest the next general election. The selection convention held in the Westrgrove, Clane selected two Fianna Fáil candidates to run in the next general election. It is a tremendous honour for me to be nominated by the members in Kildare North to contest the next election on behalf of the party. I would especially like to thank those cumainn that nominated me including Kill, Sallins, Naas, Prosperous, Carbury, Kilshanroe, Kilcock and the Old Carton cumann, Maynooth as well as all the individual party members who placed their faith in me again. Continue Reading →

Naas Convention Speech

This is a copy of the speech I gave at the Naas Fianna Fáil convention held at Townhouse Hotel, Naas on 2nd October 2013.

Chair, Cllrs., most importantly party members, today is a very proud day for me and my family. It is an honour to have been selected here tonight as a Fianna Fáil candidate for the 2014 local elections.

Thank you for your support and special thanks my own Sallins cumann, the Kill cumann, and also all the individual members who nominated me from different parts of the Naas area.

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Lawless Backs FF Bill to Share Parental Leave

The new Fianna Fáil bill which proposes that the father of a new born child can share the 26 weeks of maternity leave with the mother is progressive and deserves full support through the Oireachtas. The bill is being promoted by Senator Mary White and is part of a series of pro-enterprise proposals being brought forward by the party.

This innovative piece of legislation entitled the ‘Parental Leave Bill 2013’ proposes that the current maternity leave scheme be amended to enable a woman to transfer a proportion of her maternity leave and benefits to the father of the child, if she so wishes.

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