Labour leader brings message of equality to Limerick

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Labour Party Leader Ivana Bacik chating with Linda Ledger at St Munchin's Community Centre.

LABOUR Party Leader Ivana Bacik visited Limerick this week with  a call for a fairer, more equal Ireland for all.

Deputy Bacik started Monday’s visit by meeting Trade Union Representatives of Fórsa, Mandate, SIPTU and the INMO at the Trade Union Hub. She later visited St Lelia’s School in Kileely, which currently houses Ukrainian refugees, and the Northside Family Resource Centre in Ballynanty.

The Labour leader also visited Monaleen National School and Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre in Rosbrien during her time in Limerick.

“It is great to be in Limerick with our fantastic Labour team, led by our three councillors. As the party which is the political wing of the trade union movement, I want to see Labour deepen its ties with trade unionism under my leadership,” she said.

“I was keen to meet Mary Fogarty from the INMO to hear more detail about the overcrowding situation at UHL; and I am very concerned to hear that the expert group deployed by Minister Donnelly to investigate and review the hospital have not engaged to date with the trade unions.

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“This review must consult with staff through their unions; and both staff and patients at the hospital deserve more than a whitewash,” Deputy Bacik added.

She also met with local members ahead of the Directly Elected Mayor election in the autumn of this year and she confirmed that Labour will be putting forward a candidate when the election is called.

“I look forward to visiting Limerick again soon before the election campaign itself gets underway,” she added.