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Day 13 #GE16 : Standing Up for Ireland's Future

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 02:29 PM

Today we launched our manifesto 'Standing Up for Ireland's Future' in DIT Grangegoreman with Tánaiste Joan Burton, Ministers Alan Kelly and Brendan Howlin and our #GE16 candidates.

There are three core principles which underpin Labour’s manifesto – invest in services, reduce tax burden on working families and stand up for a modern and inclusive Ireland.

The overriding principle is to invest in the services which people and communities need. We will invest €3 out of every €4 of additional resources available to us in services. We will do this because we believe that quality public services are the hallmark of a decent society.At the heart of any thriving community is the school, the hospital, the playground, the community hall.Supporting these communities and investing in those services is a core principle for Labour.


Opening the launch, our Deputy Leader, Minister Alan Kelly spoke about how the recovery was hard fought for by the Labour Party, "There’s one thing we have learned from our recent past, it is that we cannot take this recovery for granted."



Minister Brendan Howlin explained our tax plan to our candidates, members and the media “This is a social democratic manifesto for a social democratic party-It is a manifesto that will bring balance to the next Government as Labour has brought balance to the current one. It divides the resources available on a 3:1 basis – three euros of public spending for every euro of tax reductions.”



Speaking at the event, Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “Labour’s manifesto is a radical and responsible programme for continued recovery, for social recovery and reform. It is a plan not just for a strong economy but for a decent society. It’s comprehensive, it’s costed and it’s fair.”

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