Ge2020, Green Party, Manifesto Launch

Ge2020, Green Party

The Green Party promises free student travel, public housing and a Universal Basic Income

The Green Party promises free student travel, public housing and a Universal Basic Income

25.1.2020

The Green Party promises free student travel, public housing and a Universal Basic Income

Party leader Eamon Ryan criticised other parties for their lack of ambition when it comes to climate action.

Green Party Finance spokesperson Neasa Hourigan and leader Eamon Ryan Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Green Party Finance spokesperson Neasa Hourigan and leader Eamon Ryan Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie THE GREEN PARTY has promised to introduce a Universal Basic Income, free travel for students and an overhaul of public transport systems if elected. The party’s finance spokesperson Neasa Hourigan said the Greens’ manifesto is a call for action and lays out plans for a “decade of change”. Over the next 20 years, the party said it will spend €50 billion on retrofitting homes around the country. It has pledged to retrofit about 75,000 homes per year. To train the estimated 20,000 workers that are required to adequately retrofit the country’s housing stock, the party has proposed a fast-track apprenticeship programmes. This full be funded with European Investment Bank finance, according to the manifesto. The party blames the country’s poor infrastructure and urban sprawl on a long history of bad public planning. It wants to tackle this by overhauling in the country’s transport system. The party has pledged to double investment in public transport, committing 10% of transport funds to cycling and 10% to walking. It also wants to make public transport free for all students and introduce a €365 public transport annual pass modelled on the fare structure first introduced in Vienna in 2013. The Greens say they want to reform the current system of social welfare payments by introducing a Universal Basic Income, which will be done through gradual reform of the tax and welfare system. The party has also committed to future-proofing Ireland’s energy system with a “massive” investment in offshore wind and solar power. If elected, it has also promised an immediate nationwide ban on smoky coal, stopping the burning peat for electricity and preventing the resumption of industrial peat extraction. Some of the other plans include: The party has also committed to rewarding farmers for “sequestering carbon, restoring nature, and producing clean energy,” through a reformed Common Agricultural Policy. Related Reads 25.01.20 OPINION: Will young people vote in this election? 25.01.20 How different are Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil really, based on their manifestos? Green Party leader Eamon Ryan said there is a huge gap between parties when it comes to the issue of tackling climate change and the biodiversity crisis, criticising the manifestos launched by Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil yesterday for their lack of ambition when it comes to climate action policies. “I see lip service. I see just playing a defensive game, that won’t work. We need to start scoring goals, we need to start showing leadership not being laggard and start having ambition,” something Ryan thinks the Irish people are ready for. He added that he has one question for the other parties: “Are they ready for senior hurling when it comes to tackling the climate change and biodiversity crisis? Because we are, we’re ready for it.” The full manifesto can be read here: Keep up-to-date with all the campaigning and conversation before polling day on 8 February with our regular newsletter: Read more: TheJournal.ie

If they get in they will take the fuel allowance from the elderly as well as the fuel... And probably release wolves onto farmers land and reduce the number of cattle they have. If they don't get us all to live on wolves milk by then lol. What about free travel for apprentices who make a big contribution to economic activity without draining the public purse

Yea, nah, nobody is voting for you And it seems to stop the elderly from keeping warm in the winter as well? They’ll promise the world and do nothing! They failed in government already and are completely out of touch with the electorate of this country! I’m all for environmentally friendly initiatives but tye greens are to militant and delusional to be voted for.

The Greens caused a lot of suicides during the celtic tiger I remember the last decade of change that the greens gifted us with. Their basic income policy would sort the pensions debacle out in one dell swoop. Their Universal Income would solve the mess around welfare and pensions. On what a Bicycle

Green Party manifesto features universal basic incomeIn its manifesto being launched in Dublin, the Green Party is proposing fundamental changes in energy generation, transport policy, industry, land use, taxation, planning and housing Don't be fooled by the Green Party, they will tax the arse out of everyone. greenparty FF,the Party of Governance.

greenparty_ie Free student travel would help a lot of people I know plus the €365 yearly pass is so good. Especially when I spend at least 80 euro a month on buses. More taxes you really mean Fucking Dreamworld Greens As usual Don't fall for there spin & don't vote green if you want money left in your pocket by working weeks end..👁👁

We crashed the last time greenparty_ie had their hands on the wheel, maybe you should learn to “drive” before you get in the “car” again? Tax tax and more taxes that's about all they are good for Free free free ...but who pays for it ? How is anyone surprised? They're full on communists... Have they been at a party with Leo ? 😁

Green Party candidate David Healy confirms he voted no in the abortion referendum - Independent.ie Green Party candidate David Healy has confirmed that he voted no in the repeal referendum. Greeners voters vote Yes to Congestion Charges, Carbon Tax, Water Charges! So what? He is entitled to any view he wants. Quick cancel him, how can he show such lack of progressive attitudes and still be green?

NOTHING is free with the greens, DON'T vote for them, they will completely destroy Ireland. Everything is FREE FREE FREE Providing you have one car per 10 families,That wolves can roam free around housing estates..And we build a 150 ft statue of Greta Thunberg in the Dáil Éireann...And of course Tax the hell out of you.

And how many I ask is all this 'Free' stuff is going to be payed for I remember marching in the student March in Dublin and the slogan was. No cutbacks no fees, no FF or Greens Free student travel ? That will help minimise the Collosall rents and cost of education itself 🤷🏻‍♂️ If every public house they build has good Guinness, they will get my number 1

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