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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Ireland withdraw from the European Union?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Equal Pay

Should employers be required to pay men and women the same salary for the same job?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Mental Health

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

  Party’s support baseYes


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Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Military Neutrality

Should Ireland end its traditional policy of military neutrality?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Mandatory Vaccinations

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Government Surveillance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Social Housing

Should funding for social housing be increased?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Taxes

Should Ireland raise taxes on the rich?

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  NHS Healthcare System

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

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Minimum Wage

Should the government raise the national minimum wage?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Irish Language Curriculum

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

  Party’s support baseYes, 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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Tuition Fees

Should Ireland abolish university tuition fees?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Death Penalty

Do you support the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  United Ireland

Do you support a united Ireland?

  Party’s support baseYes, but only if both sides independently and overwhelmingly vote in favor of it

Foreign Policy  ›  Mandatory Military Service

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Healthcare  ›  Healthcare Privatisation

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

  Party’s support baseLess

Foreign Policy  ›  United States of Europe

Should the EU evolve into the United States of Europe?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Retirement Age of Politicians

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Gender Workplace Diversity

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Israel Boycott

Should it be illegal to join a boycott of Israel?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Drug Trafficking Penalties

Should drug traffickers receive the death penalty?

  Party’s support baseNo

Crime  ›  Private Prisons

Should the government hire private companies to run prisons?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Whistleblower Protection

Should the government pass laws which protect whistleblowers?

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Women in Combat

Should the military allow women to serve in combat roles?

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Corporate Tax

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

  Party’s support baseRaise

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Drug Policy

Are you in favour of decriminalising drug use?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare Drug Testing

Should social welfare recipients be tested for drugs?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Fox Hunting

Do you support the practice of hunting foxes with dogs?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Water Charges

Should water charges be abolished?

  Public statementsYes

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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Niqāb

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Healthcare  ›  Single-Payer Healthcare

Do you support a single-payer healthcare system?

  Public statementsYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Party’s support baseFewer

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Bonus Cap

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Social  ›  Transgender Athletes

Should transgender athletes be allowed to compete in athletic events?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Fracking

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Syrian Refugees

Should Ireland accept refugees from Syria?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Inheritance Tax

Should the government abolish the inheritance tax?

  Party’s support baseNo

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?

  Party’s support baseNo

Science  ›  Nuclear Energy

Do you support the use of nuclear energy?

  Party’s support baseNo, 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?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Campaign Finance

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  Backstop

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Party’s support baseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Party’s support baseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses

the Economy  ›  Economic Stimulus

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Welfare Benefits

Should the government provide social welfare benefits to foreigners?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Universal Basic Income

Do you support a universal basic income program?

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Political Advertising on Social Media

Should social media companies ban political advertising?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Labor Unions

Do you believe labor unions help or hurt the economy?

  Party’s support baseHelp

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Ireland assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Environment  ›  Genetically Modified Foods

Do you support the use of genetically engineered crops and foods?

  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

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

the Economy  ›  Domestic Jobs

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Public statementsYes

Elections  ›  Voting Rights Abroad

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Education  ›  Free Tuition Fees Scheme

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Term Limits

Should there be term limits for members of the Dáil?

  Party’s support baseYes, and decrease their salary and retirement benefits

Crime  ›  Free Legal Aid

Should repeat offenders be entitled to free legal aid?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  European Commission

Should the European Commission be dismantled?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Northern Ireland Power Sharing

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Domestic Policy  ›  Seanad Éireann Electoral System

Should the Seanad be a wholly elected body?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  VAT Rates

Should VAT rates be increased or decreased?

  Party’s support baseDecrease, but only on food and medicine

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Public statementsYes

Foreign Policy  ›  Foreign Aid

Should Ireland increase or decrease foreign aid spending?

  Party’s support baseIncrease

Elections  ›  Seanad Éireann Referendum

Should the Seanad be abolished?

  Party’s support baseNo, but make it a body that is wholly elected by the people

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Prison Overcrowding

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Elected Representatives

Should the number of elected representatives be reduced?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Tariffs

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

  Party’s support baseNo

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Environment  ›  Corporate Subsidies

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

  Party’s support baseYes, as long as the tax revenue will eventually exceed the tax incentives

Domestic Policy  ›  Flag Burning

Should it be illegal to burn the Irish flag?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Dáil Participation

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

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

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

  Public statementsNo

the Economy  ›  Tech Monopolies

Should the government break up Amazon, Facebook and Google?

  Party’s support baseNo

Domestic Policy  ›  Gambling

Should the government ban gambling?

  Party’s support baseNo

the Economy  ›  Bitcoin

Should the government classify Bitcoin as a legal currency?

  Party’s support baseNo