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Housing and transport centre stage at Labour conference

The housing crisis, climate action and transport issues will take centre stage on the first day of Labour’s weekend long annual conference in Dublin.

Amid the backdrop of a trio of upcoming elections, Labour party members will this morning discuss the issues at the Helix at Dublin City University.

In a morning session, party delegates will vote on a motion calling on the Government to introduce a €9 monthly climate transport ticket which could help encourage people to use public transport instead of private cars.

Delegates will also hear calls for a “massive programme of investment” in public rail and bus services, with conference attendees from the Meath East constituency tabling a motion that “public transport in rural Ireland is not fit for purpose”.

A significant amount of today’s conference sessions are also due to be focused on the housing crisis, with motions ranging from calls for a “large scale local authority house building programme” to the re-imposing of the eviction ban.

The first day of the annual conference, which begins today and concludes tomorrow, will also include a live TV speech by Labour Leader Ivana Bacik which will be carried on RTÉ One and the RTE News Channel at 6.30pm.

The annual conference is taking place just two and a half months before the local and European elections on 7 June and with a general election due within the next year.

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