Insults traded, spotlight on Cork infrastructure and Solidarity manifesto: Today's election update 

Insults traded, spotlight on Cork infrastructure and Solidarity manifesto: Today's election update 

The Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin leaders have become embroiled in a war of words. 

The Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin leaders have become embroiled in a war of words, as Micheál Martin said that Sinn Féin's manifesto would “destroy jobs” and again ruled out going into coalition with them in the next government.

Mary Lou McDonald hit back saying that Fianna Fáil were “the con-artists.” 

Micheál Martin said on RTÉ Radio: “I belong to that school of Fianna Fáil, the party that gave people homes, the party that gave people a free education, the party that opened up this country to the world. Now we have to do it again, in terms of small to medium-sized enterprises, the bread and butter of this economy.

“People who set up companies who employ 15 people, 20 people, 50 people. That’s who I want to represent.

“You can not raise taxes by four billion euro without it having an impact on ordinary people.” 

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald responded: “What’s dangerous is people lying on hospital trolleys. What’s dangerous is an entire generation not being able to afford their own home, children being raised in bed and breakfasts. What’s dangerous is family after family struggling just to get by, and what’s really dangerous is the prospect of Fianna Fáil again bringing their agenda to Government."

SOLIDARITY-PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT LAUNCH MANIFESTO 

Solidarity-People Before Profit say they will introduce a free public transport system for everyone by tripling investment and subsidising journeys.

In what Bríd Smith described as a far-reaching and radical manifesto for climate action, People Before Profit unveiled a host of proposals to tackle the climate crisis.

Richard Boyd Barrett TD , Paul Murphy TD Bríd Smith TD andRuth Coppinger TD launching the Solidarity People Before Profit manifesto.Picture: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Richard Boyd Barrett TD , Paul Murphy TD Bríd Smith TD andRuth Coppinger TD launching the Solidarity People Before Profit manifesto.Picture: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Speaking at the launch of the document, Ms Smith said: "I would say that is exactly what we need to tackle the climate catastrophe that is facing at the moment.

"It covers a wide range areas from agriculture to transport, to clean energy, to residential areas, including retrofitting homes and how we're going to do it to deliver the sort of changes that are needed."

They have proposed to reduce the dairy herd by 50% and compensate farmers with a New Green Payment.

In transport, the grouping has also proposed to impose pollution tax on airline corporations and invest in cycle lanes and electrify the rail network.

The party has also pledged to set up a state building company to carry out a retrofit of housing stock while also giving a 30,000 euro loan to cover the cost.

SINN FÉIN TO LAUNCH ELECTION MANIFESTO IN CORK 

Sinn Féin’s general election candidate in Cork South Central has said that third-level fees must be abolished.

TD Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire also believes that an enhanced grant system must be a priority to ensure students who require financial support to attend college get them.

Speaking about the education aspects of the Sinn Féin manifesto, Mr Ó Laoghaire said that the party had committed to making free education a reality, and to support students in their studies.

“The biggest barrier to young people accessing education is finance, and we need to break down those barriers. Eradicating fees would go a long way in achieving this,” he said.

He will launch the party’s education proposals for General Election 2020 at University College Cork on Thursday morning.

A pension age protest, organised by Mick Barry, Solidarity took place on North Gate Bridge today.Picture: Larry Cummins
A pension age protest, organised by Mick Barry, Solidarity took place on North Gate Bridge today.Picture: Larry Cummins

CIF ELECTION MANIFESTO 

Reducing ‘high cost’ Government taxes, development contribution scheme charges, VAT, Part V contributions and bonds are all part of the Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) Cork Election Manifesto 2020.

They’ve called for the establishment of a special regeneration fund for Cork City Council that is multi-annual, similar to regeneration funding in other cities.

CIF have also called for the reduction of what they term the taxation burden on landlords, so more investment can take place in units for rent - thereby increasing supply.

The group has also called for “frivolous objections” to developments to be stopped, by enacting the Housing and Planning and Development Bill 2019.

Meanwhile, CIF has said that commencement dates and project timescales are vital for a number of projects including the Event Centre, Cork City Flood Defence Scheme, a fast track light rail in Cork City, and the N8/N25 Dunkettle Interchange.

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