Compare the Manifestos.

Examine the key policy proposals of political parties ahead of Election 2020 to help you decide your vote.



Housing

Hover to focus on some of the key points from each party's election manifesto on housing. Click to read the 'housing' section of their manifesto in full.


People Before Profit - Solidarity

Hold a referendum to enshrine a right to housing in the constitution (PBP).

Propose a bill for rent controls and security of tenure (PBP & Sol) Ban evictions (Sol).

Propose a a national construction company to build affordable houses(PBP). Seize all vacant properties and unused land that is being hoarded for profit. (Sol)

Stop the sale of public land (PBP) and bring the banks into democratic public ownership, reducing mortgage payments to an affordable level (Sol).

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Renua

Deliver 100,000 affordable public homes within 5-years with priority being given to young working couples and young working families.

Use zoned state land to develop affordable public housing modelled on the Austrian public housing systems.

Reduce the cost of affordable housing by removing the site-purchase cost and local authority levies, setting rent at 20% of household income.

Introduce a "local families first" policy with priority given to applicants who have parents or grandparents living locally.

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Health

Hover to focus on some of the key points from each party's election manifesto on health. Click to read the 'health' section of their manifesto in full.


Fine Gael

Fund Sláintecare investing an additional €5 billion a year by 2025.

Provide 2,600 extra hospital beds, 4,500 community beds, 80 additional primary care centres and community diagnostic centres and develop three elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Recruit 3,480 primary care workers, including 1,000 by the end of 2020.

Extend free GP care to all children under 18 and all Carer’s Support Grant recipients and reduce prescription charges and Drug Payment Scheme to a maximum of €75 a month.

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Fianna Fáil

Double the National Treatment Purchase Fund to €200 million, to help reducing waiting times.

Provide 2,600 extra hospital beds and aim for four-hour target wait for emergency departments.

Target staffing allocations of additional consultants and nurses to critical areas in emergency departments, ensuring there is an emergency medicine consultant present in EDs on a 24-hour basis.

Abolish prescription charges, reduce the monthly Drug Payment Scheme threshold to €100 per month and fund a special €10 top-up payment for all carer and disability benefits

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Sinn Féin

Fully implement Sláintecare over ten years and introduce a transition fund to move from a two-tier health system to universal healthcare.

Open 1,500 more beds and deliver 12 million additional home help hours over the term of the government to clear the waiting list.

Recruit 2,500 more nurses and midwives and 1,000 more doctors and consultants.

Abolish prescription charges, the €100 charge for the use of emergency departments and the €75 per day charge for inpatient care.

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Green Party

Support Sláintecare and introduce a single-tier health system, funded through general taxation.

Invest in GP services, public pealth nurse services, extended community pharmacy services and advanced paramedic services to reduce stress on hospitals.

Incentivise efficient targeted use of resources throughout the health system with multi-annual budgeting, activity-based costing and blended capitation schemes.

Review drug procurement policies to ensure that the Irish taxpayer is getting value for money by switching to generic medicine procurement or "biosimilars" when practicable.

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Labour

Transition the health system to a system based on need, redirecting health funding so that it is aligned to population medical need and to local primary care centres.

Implement an investment plan to deliver more hospital beds, and the staff required.

End the over-reliance on agency staff, transitioning from temporary workers to permanent workers to fill staffing gaps.

Extend free-of-charge GP care to all under-18s and deliver on child and adolescent mental health services.

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Aontú

Press for 10 per cent of the current health budget to be assigned to the development and delivery of primary care in communities.

Support additional “home care” services, together with more nursing home capacity.

Ensure treatment within the two-tier system is equal and ensure funding for the National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) is front-loaded.

Seek legislation that would prohibit abortion on the basis of disability and gender and introduce legislation obliging all possible treatment for babies that survive abortion.

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Economy

Hover to focus on some of the key points from each party's election manifesto on the economy. Click to read the 'Economy' section of their manifesto in full.


Fine Gael

Change the point at which an individual pays the higher rate of tax from €35,300 to €50,000 over the next five years.

Increase the state pension by €15 a week, supporting legislation to increase the state pension age from 66 to 67 in 2021 and then to 68 in 2028.

Increase the USC exemption threshold, raising it from €13,000 to €20,500.

Raise the earned income tax credit for the self- employed to match the PAYE tax credit and maintain that parity into the future.

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Fianna Fáil

Increase the Standard Rate Income Tax band by €3,000 for a single person and €6,000 for a couple.

Increase the state pension by €5 a week, defer any further pension age increase pending review and pay a state (transition) pension in the interim for 65-and 66-year-olds.

Reduce the universal social charge rate, changing it from 4.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent.

Increase the earned income tax credit to €1,650 equalising it with the PAYE tax credit, increase the income tax exemption limits for over-65s by €500 for a single person and €1,000 for married couples.

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Sinn Féin

Abolish the USC on the first €30,000 earned and introduce a 5% levy on individual incomes above €140,000, remove tax credits from individual incomes above €140,000, tapered at a rate of 2.5 per cent for every €1,000 above €100,000.

Stop the planned pension age increase to 67 and reintroduce the state pension for 65-year-olds who choose to retire.

Abolishing the local property tax (LPT), replacing it with direct Exchequer funding for local authorities.

Increasing the earned income credit for the self-employed to €1,650.

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Green Party

Review all areas of tax expenditure to ensure they are equitable, and encourage and reward activities with positive economic, social and environmental benefits.

Merge the contributory and non-contributory state pensions into a universal pension.

Introduce a wealth tax on individuals holding over €10 million in assets and support a European financial transactions tax, especially on speculative investments.

Match the earned income tax credit to the PAYE tax credit to facilitate the equalisation in the treatment between employees and the self-employed.

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People Before Profit

Abolish USC for those earnings under €90,000 and introduce a high-income charge for those over it.

Increase the minimum wage to a 'living wage', raising it to €15 an hour.

Scrap Croke Park hours for public servants (PBP) and double the rate of corporation tax to 25 per cent and abolish tax exemptions for the super-rich and big businesses (Sol).

Restore the pension age to 65 increasing the state pension to €260 a week and restore the transitional pension scheme.

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Renua

Prioritise the promotion of Irish small and medium sized enterprises over foreign multinational corporations.

Abolish tax on stock options at companies that are younger than 10 years, have fewer than 50 employees and revenue and a balance sheet of less than €8 million.

Increase the lifetime limit on gains from the disposal of businesses from €1 million to €15 million with entrepreneurs paying a reduced rate of CGT (10 per cent) on all gains made up to the lifetime limit of €15m.

Reduce the rate of Employer’s PRSI for those earning less than €380 per week to 4.25 per cent.

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Aontú

Support a minimum wage that reflects the living wage, with a separate formulae for the Greater Dublin Area.

Create a cabinet minister for SMEs with a separate department to ensure indigenous industry receives recives more attention.

Conduct a systematic review of commercial rates across Ireland.

Root out bogus self-employment and support the creation of a strong and well-resourced agency to inspect compliance with labour legislation including practices in relation to minimum pay, contract work and rights to parental leave and sick pay.

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Climate

Hover to focus on some of the key points from each party's election manifesto on climate. Click to read the 'climate' section of their manifesto in full.


Fine Gael

Support the carbon tax, ring-fencing €6 billion of its revenue for climate action and increase electricity generated from offshore wind to 5GW by 2030.

€80 million for a bog restoration programme in the Midlands and plant 8,000 hectares of new forestry every year, by 2040.

Create a €10 million Green SMEs fund and provide SMEs up to €2,000 each towards professional advice on how to reduce their energy costs, reduce waste and be more sustainable.

Ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030 and increase the current level of electric vehicles uptake by 50 times.

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Fianna Fáil

Support the carbon tax, spending the proceeds on a "just transition".

Establish a national infrastructure commission for 30-year decarbonisation planning.

Initiate a new €10m biodiversity fund, introducing a ban on the burning of smoky coal, and a new Clean Air Act and establish a new €5 million Trees in Towns fund for local authorities.

Ban diesel cars from cities from 2030, aiming for a complete removal of fossil fuel cars by 2035 and accelerate the rollout of fast-charge points.

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Sinn Féin

No carbon tax increases in the absence of viable alternatives.

Establish a just transition task force and provide an additional €4 million to the Just Transition Fund annual budget.

No new licences for offshore fossil fuel drilling, with a ban on the importation of fracked gas, and establish a commission on the future of the family farm, supporting beef farmers through enhanced suckler cow payments

Public investment in electric vehicle charging points, better public transport system and all data centres powered through self-generated 100 per cent renewable energy.

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Green Party

Hold referendum to insert a clause on environmental protection in the Constitution and establish just transition commission.

Terminate gas and oil exploration licences, ban the importation of fracked gas and transition to 5GW of offshore wind by 2030.

Train 20,000 workers to retrofit homes and pay farmers to plant one hectare of native woodland on their farms to capture carbon.

Double investment in public transport, committing 10 per cent of transport funds to cycling and 10 per cent to walking.

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Labour

Provide funding for local government to deliver an ambitious home insulation scheme, building up capacity to reach the target of 100,000 homes per year.

Invest in ESB, Coillte and Bord na Móna to supply new jobs in sustainable energy.

Target electric vehicle grants to people with disabilities or living in rural Ireland and invest in public transport and cycling infrastructure.

Provide local authorities with the funding to retrofit houses with caacity to reach 100,000 a year.

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Social Democrats

Support the carbon tax ring-fencing income to fund enviromental transition measures.

Establish a just transition task force, a new offshore wind development agency with a specific mandate to attract investment and marine spatial pan.

Phase out offshore drilling for oil and gas, peat-burning power stations and reduce subsidies for non-renewable energy over the next five years.

Expand retrofitting grant schemes, grant saiding small-hydro schemes and solar panel installation.

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Renua

Restructure the forestry grants scheme to shift towards the planting of native broadleaf trees and forests.

Oppose the implementation of the carbon tax iincreases.

Increase the lifetime limit on gains from the disposal of businesses from €1 million to €15 million with entrepreneurs paying a reduced rate of CGT (10 per cent) on all gains made up to the lifetime limit of €15m.

Oppose any further proliferation of wind turbines across the Irish landscap. Local residents to be consulted in a referendum on the future location of turbines.

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Brexit, EU & the Border

Hover to focus on some of the key points from each party's election manifesto on Brexit, the EU and the border. Click to read the relevant section of their manifesto in full.


Fine Gael

Negotiate a zero-tariff, zero-quotas free trade agreement, with a level playing field in terms of standards, state aid, workers’ rights and environmental protections.

Seek a PEACE PLUS programme for Northern Ireland and the border counties worth up to €1 billion, as part of the EU multiannual financial framework (MFF) negotiations.

Ensure people in Northern Ireland have continued access to EU rights, opportunities and benefits into the future.

Oppose calls for a border poll at present on the basis it is likely to exacerbate division and uncertainty.

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Fianna Fáil

Secure a free trade agreement with a level playing field ensuring the UK stay close to EU environmental, social and labour standards and state aid rules.

Prepare for all Brexit outcomes, including a no deal, helping businesses prepare.

Implement a six-point plan to strengthen north south links including a shared economy with 12.5% corporate tax rate north and south and the €5 million creation of a border economic zone.

Evaluate support for a border poll by establishing a unit within the Department of the Taoiseach.

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Sinn Féin

Improve the uptake rates of existing Brexit supports and allocate investment for the agri-food sector, vulnerable SMEs.

Critically engage with the European Union , seeking to return powers to EU member states and support reforms aimed at reducing the power of the European Commission.

Establish a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Irish unity, an all-island representative citizens’ assembly to plan for Irish Unity and publish a white paper.

Secure a referendum, North and South, on a United Ireland.

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Green Party

Secure a free trade agreement between the EU and the UK which protects existing social and environmental standards.

Assist the UK government in the COP26, the North Seas Countries Offshore Grid Initiative and maintain existing energy security agreements.

Continue to resist international trade agreements involving the European which involve a lowering of the environmental and social standards that the union upholds.

Endorse calls for a political reform referendum in Northern Ireland that puts forward the ability to establish a recognised opposition within the Northern Ireland Assembly.

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Labour

Ensure no hardening of the border due to Brexit, minimise border infrastructure and maintain the Common Travel Area.

Work closely with Stormont, enhance the British-Irish Council and the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference and push for EU reform, especially to its fiscal rules and monetary policy.

Create a Brexit contingency fund to support sectors of the economy facing negative consequences for jobs and livelihoods from Brexit.

Seek an inclusive, non-sectarian public conversation on the future of Ireland.

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People Before Profit - Solidarity

Support holding a border poll with simultaneous votes North and South of the border to determine the future of this island, followed by a series of citizens' assemblies and a constituent assembly to draw up a new constitution. (PBP)

Produce a job creation strategy to counter the negative impact of Brexit.(PBP)

Transform the Irish Strategic Investment Fund into a public investment and job creation fund.(PBP)

'Oppose the bosses’ EU' for a socialist Europe (Sol).

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