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Gerry Adams’ Policies



Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Ireland withdraw from the European Union?

  Party’s support baseNo, but renegotiate for strict limits on migration into the country and the terms of our monetary contributions

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but allow churches the right to refuse same-sex ceremonies

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

Should the government increase funding for mental health research and treatment?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, our mental healthcare system needs more funding to provide a higher quality of care and services

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

Should gay couples have the same adoption rights as straight couples?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, as long as they pass the same background checks as straight couples

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the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

Should the government increase environmental regulations on businesses to reduce carbon emissions?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, and provide more incentives for alternative energy production

the Environment  ›  Plastic Product Ban

Should disposable products (such as plastic cups, plates, and cutlery) that contain less than 50% of biodegradable material be banned?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, and ban all disposable products that are not made of at least 75% of biodegradable material

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Neutrality

Should Ireland end its traditional policy of military neutrality?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

Should the government require children to be vaccinated for preventable diseases?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, they are essential to protecting other children who are too young to be vaccinated

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only if the spending goes towards environmentally friendly solutions

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

Should the government be able to monitor phone calls and emails?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, and enact legislation preventing government surveillance of citizen communications

the Economy  ›  Social Housing

Should funding for social housing be increased?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Ireland raise taxes on the rich?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  NHS Healthcare System

Should Ireland adopt a public healthcare system similar to the NHS in Britain?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Education  ›  Irish Language Curriculum

Should the Irish language remain a compulsory subject on the national curriculum?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but focus more on the ability to speak and understand the language instead of analysing poems, stories, and phrases

Social  ›  Euthanasia

Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only after a psychological examination to show they fully understand this choice

Education  ›  Tuition Fees

Should Ireland abolish university tuition fees?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only for citizens

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, too many people are innocently convicted

Domestic Policy  ›  United Ireland

Do you support a united Ireland?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

Should every 18 year old citizen be required to provide at least one year of military service?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, service should be a choice instead of an obligation

the Environment  ›  Animal Testing

Should researchers be allowed to use animals in testing the safety of drugs, vaccines, medical devices, and cosmetics?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

Should there be more or less privatisation of hospital and healthcare services?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseLess, and there should be no privatization of the healthcare industry

Elections  ›  Retirement Age of Politicians

Should politicians be required to wait until the age of 65 to receive a pension?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, they should have the same entitlements as the citizens they represent

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

Should businesses be required to have women on their board of directors?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, board members should be the most qualified regardless of gender

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, this is a violation of free speech

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, I do not believe in the death penalty

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, private prisons will sacrifice quality of care and rehabilitation services for profit

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only if the information was legally obtained

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, as long as they can pass the same physical tests as men

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

Should the government raise or lower the tax rate for corporations?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseRaise

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Ireland?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, and we should increase the amount of immigrants we currently allow into the country

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, for most but not all drugs

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should social welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, this is a waste of time and money

Healthcare  ›  Safe Haven

Should cities open drug “safe havens” where people who are addicted to illegal drugs can use them under the supervision of medical professionals?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, drug abuse should be treated as a health issue, not a criminal issue

the Environment  ›  Fox Hunting

Do you support the practice of hunting foxes with dogs?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, this is a cruel sport which should remain illegal

Education  ›  Niqāb

Should girls be allowed to wear the niqab or burka in Catholic Schools?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, we should respect all cultural and religious traditions

the Economy  ›  Water Charges

Should water charges be abolished?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, private companies should not be able to profit off of healthcare

the Economy  ›  Welfare

Should there be fewer or more restrictions on current social welfare benefits?

  Party influenceFewer, and ensure benefits go to those that need it most

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, and legalise, tax, and regulate marijuana instead of criminalizing it

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

Should bankers’ bonuses be capped at 100% of their pay?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, and nationalise the banks

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only if their hormone levels are equivalent to those in the gender category in which they compete

the Environment  ›  Fracking

Do you support the use of hydraulic fracking to extract oil and natural gas resources?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, we should pursue more sustainable energy resources instead

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Ireland accept refugees from Syria?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only after extensive background checks and continuous monitoring to ensure they have no terrorist connections

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Spending

Should the government make cuts to public spending in order to reduce the national debt?

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Army

Do you support the creation of a European Army?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, we should invest in cleaner alternatives such as wind, hydroelectric, thorium, and geothermal

Social  ›  Niqāb

Should women be allowed to wear a Niqāb, or face veil, to civic ceremonies?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, we should respect all cultural traditions

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

Should corporations, unions, and non-profit organizations be allowed to donate to political parties?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, these types of donations just turn into bribes

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

Should the U.K. and Northern Ireland remain in the EU’s customs area after Brexit?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

Should the government use economic stimulus to aid the country during times of recession?

  Party influenceYes, but in the form of increased spending on infrastructure

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Welfare Benefits

Should the government provide social welfare benefits to foreigners?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, as long as they are working and paying taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  Hong Kong Fugitive Extradition

Should the Chinese government be able to extradite fugitives from Hong Kong?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, everyone should receive an income to cover basic necessities including food and housing

Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseHelp, in theory but have recently become corrupt and should have their powers limited

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Ireland assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, they should be captured and given a fair trial

Elections  ›  Criminal Politicians

Should a politician, who has been formerly convicted of a crime, be allowed to run for office?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, as long as it was not a felony, violent, financial, or sexual crime

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Government Pensions

Should pension payments be increased for retired government workers?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Ireland be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Party’s support baseYes, but they should not be able to claim citizenship status of more than two nations

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

Should the government provide tax incentives to private companies to keep jobs within the country?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Party’s support baseIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost

Foreign Policy  ›  European Union Countries

Should the number of countries in the European Union be reduced to 15?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, and voters should be required to pass a basic test demonstrating their understanding of politics in order to vote

Elections  ›  Voting Rights Abroad

Should Irish citizens, living abroad and in Northern Ireland, have the right to vote in presidential elections?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only within the first five years of living abroad

Education  ›  Free Tuition Fees Scheme

Should the free tuition fees scheme be available to foreign students?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Dáil?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, term limits will increase performance and prevent corruption

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Free Legal Aid

Should repeat offenders be entitled to free legal aid?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Seanad Éireann Electoral System

Should the Seanad be a wholly elected body?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Northern Ireland Power Sharing

Should the power-sharing provincial government be restored in Northern Ireland?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Post Brexit UK

Should the UK be allowed to access European Markets once they leave the EU?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseDecrease, to provide economic growth

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

Should foreigners, currently residing in Ireland, have the right to vote?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, anyone who pays taxes should have the right to vote

Elections  ›  Seanad Éireann Referendum

Should the Seanad be abolished?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, but make it a body that is wholly elected by the people

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Ireland increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseDecrease

the Economy  ›  Offshore Banking

Should Irish citizens be allowed to save or invest their money in offshore bank accounts?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, too many wealthy citizens are abusing loopholes in offshore banking laws to evade taxes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Spending

Should Ireland increase or decrease military spending?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseDecrease

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, but only after completing their sentences and parole/probation

Foreign Policy  ›  Central EU Agency

Should intelligence agencies be merged to create a central EU agency?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

Should non-violent prisoners be released from jail in order to reduce overcrowding?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Elected Representatives

Should the number of elected representatives be reduced?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo, but reduce their salaries and retirement benefits

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

Should the government add or increase tariffs on products imported into the country?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

Should cities be allowed to offer private companies economic incentives to relocate?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes, as long as the local environment is not compromised

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Irish flag?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Dáil Participation

Should elected Members of Parliament in Northern Ireland be able to sit and participate in the Dáil?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseYes

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Do you support the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)?

  Party’s support baseYes, but with more transparency

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gambling

Should the government ban gambling?

  Gerry Adams voterbaseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo