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Giving workers and families a break

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Have a look at some of our key proposals below or view our fully costed Manifesto for Change here.

Sinn Féin will take on the housing crisis and we will solve it

Sinn Féin will deliver the biggest public housing programme in our history, we will cut rents and freeze them and we will ensure that affordable housing is available and really affordable to people. Sinn Féin will end the scandal of homelessness.

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Sinn Féin will:

Introduce legislation to reduce rents by up to €1,500 a year, via a refundable tax credit, and freeze them for three years.

Build 100,000 homes over 5 years. This will include council housing and affordable homes for renters and first time buyers.

Give the Central Bank the powers to cap mortgage interest rates so customers are not being ripped off. This would comply fully with EU rules.

Sinn Féin will give workers and families a break

There is something fundamentally wrong when four years after this government came into office people have less money in their pockets. We will reduce the cost of childcare. We will stop the pension age increase to 67 and will return it to 65. We will take 1 million workers out of the USC. That’s real economic recovery, that’s money in people’s pockets and that’s what really counts.

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Sinn Féin will:

We will stop the pension age increase to 67 and return it to 65.

We will take 1 million workers out of the USC by abolishing the USC on the first €30,000 you earn, saving workers up to €700 per year.

We will end the insurance rip off and immediately ban dual pricing.

We will reduce the cost of childcare by an average of €500 per child per month.

We will extend paid maternity leave to 52 weeks and increase maternity benefit by €50.

We will abolish the property tax saving families an average of €244 a year.

Sinn Féin will work for Irish Unity

The only people not talking about Irish Unity are the government. The institutions in the north are back up and running, we need a national forum, a citizens Assembly to have the discussion and we need to start the planning for the Unity referendum.

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Sinn Féin will:

Seek the full implementation of the Good Friday Agreement.

Publish a White Paper on Irish Unity.

Establish a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Irish Unity.

Secure a referendum, north and south, on Irish Unity.

Childcare

We want to make Childcare and Early Childhood Education a public service. We will invest to ensure workers in the sector are properly paid and have a good career ladder. We will reduce the cost of childcare by an average of €500 per month per child.We will extend paid maternity leave to 52 weeks and increase maternity benefit by €50.

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Sinn Féin will:

We will reduce the cost of childcare by an average of €500 per month per child.

We would cap and reduce fees while increasing funding for the sector. We also provide for improved pay and conditions for childcare staff.

We will extend paid maternity leave to 52 weeks and increase maternity benefit by €50, to ensure that every child can be minded by a parent for their first year of life if that is their wish.

Crime

People should feel safe in their communities. We will crack down on crime. We will recruit the maximum number of Gardaí each year, so Garda numbers reach record levels – 16,000. This will mean thousands more Gardaí on the streets, patrolling in local communities. This will ensure faster response times and safer communities.

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Sinn Féin will:

Record numbers is Gardaí
Maximum capacity of Templemore Training College to take in new recruits each year is 800. Current Garda number is 14,166 we would increase this number to 16,000.

We also propose recruiting 2,000 additional civilian staff to free up Gardaí from behind their desks. Cost.

Tougher sentences for drug related, organized crime
Create a sentencing council to ensure that sentences match the seriousness of the crime.

Speed up trials
More resources for DPP, Courts Service and CAB.

Cost of delivering our proposals

Our manifesto has been costed by the relevant government departments and is affordable and can be delivered. There will be no borrowing necessary. In fact we will run surpluses and have a surplus of more than €3bn in 2025. All taxpayers who earn under €100,000 will see a decrease in their tax of up to €700 a year.

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