Irish Labour Party welcomes Martin Schulz campaign at European election rally in Dublin


Martin Schulz with Irish Labour Youth

Martin Schulz with Irish Labour Youth

Tonight in Dublin, Martin Schulz joined the Irish Labour Party for a campaign rally for the upcoming European Elections. Before the rally Schulz met with party leader & Deputy Prime Minister Eamonn Gilmore, Ruairi Quinn, PES Treasurer and Minister for Education & Skills and the Labour Party's MEP candidates. The group discussed the campaign ahead and how to best coordinate and combine forces for the vote which will take place across Ireland on 23 May.

Speaking at the rally Martin Schulz complimented the Labour Party role in Ireland's coalition government in combatting the crisis, “Ireland is moving in the right direction thanks to the strong efforts of the Labour Party. Although the unrelenting focus on job creation has begun to bear fruit, unemployment, especially youth unemployment, is still far too high. ,’ he stated, “As Commission President I will propose a new credit regime for small businesses to directly help them in recruiting young people and help the Irish authorities to jumpstart growth and create decent jobs so that citizens can really start seeing improvement in their quality of life.”

Emer Costello, Dublin's MEP, and Eamon Gilmore introduced Schulz to the audience, expressing their full support for his campaign to become President of the European Commission. Labour MEPs elected in May will help build a majority behind Schulz in the European Parliament, in a new system which would secure him the top Brussels job in the Commission.

After his address, Martin took time to meet with Irish PES activists and Labour youth members. Tomorrow morning, Schulz will travel by train from Dublin to Belfast with Labour youth party members as well as their colleagues from the SDLP youth party in Northern Ireland. Schulz will speak at a campaign rally in Belfast with SDLP candidate Alex Attwood, and then join party members for some door-to-door canvassing in the city..

Martin Schulz is on an extensive tour of European towns and cities as part of the PES election campaign. Details of the events can be found on his dedicated campaign website