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Foreign Policy  ›  European Union

Should Ireland withdraw from the European Union?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  Abortion

What is your stance on abortion?

  Public statementsPro-choice

Social  ›  Gay Marriage

Do you support the legalisation of same sex marriage?

  Public statementsYes

Social  ›  LGBT Adoption Rights

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

  Public statementsYes

the Environment  ›  Environmental Regulation

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

  Party’s support baseYes


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Foreign Policy  ›  Military Neutrality

Should Ireland end its traditional policy of military neutrality?

  Public statementsNo

Transportation  ›  Public Transportation

Should the government increase spending on public transportation?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Social Housing

Should funding for social housing be increased?

  Public statementsYes

Healthcare  ›  NHS Healthcare System

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

  Public statementsYes

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

Education  ›  Tuition Fees

Should Ireland abolish university tuition fees?

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Public statementsLess

Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

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

  Party’s support baseNo

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  ›  Water Charges

Should water charges be abolished?

  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

Healthcare  ›  Marijuana

Do you support the legalisation of Marijuana?

  Party’s support baseYes

the Economy  ›  Welfare

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

  Public statementsFewer

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

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

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Welfare Benefits

Should the government provide social welfare benefits to foreigners?

  Public statementsYes

National Security  ›  Foreign Assassination

Should Ireland assassinate suspected terrorists in foreign countries?

  Party’s support baseNo

Elections  ›  Minimum Voting Age

Should the minimum voting age be lowered?

  Party’s support baseYes

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?

  Public statementsYes

Crime  ›  Free Legal Aid

Should repeat offenders be entitled to free legal aid?

  Party’s support baseYes

Elections  ›  Right of Foreigners to Vote

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

  Party’s support baseYes

Crime  ›  Criminal Voting Rights

Should convicted criminals have the right to vote?

  Party’s support baseYes

Foreign Policy  ›  EU Authoritarian Sanctions

Should the EU sanction member countries with authoritarian governments?

  Party’s support baseYes

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 baseYes