24 February 2016

At its final press conference before the General Election, the Labour Party outlined its commitment to providing a fair and balanced government.

Tánaiste Joan Burton, Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin, and Minister for Communications Alex White detailed Labour’s key manifesto commitments, including their pledge to:

  • Cut USC for low and middle income people

  • Invest in schools, health and childcare

  • Deliver a referendum on the 8th Amendment

Tánaiste Joan Burton said: “Labour is the only party offering this progressive policy choice and the only party willing and able to deliver it in Government. I want to see us deliver on this programme by returning the current Government.

“From minimum wage increases to marriage equality, and much more besides, the economic repair and social progress of the last five years wouldn’t have happened without Labour in Government. Now it’s time to make a choice for the next five years.

“I am not offering a workers’ utopia or a liberal nirvana. But I am offering solid, sustained progress and reform as part of a coalition government.”

Public Expenditure & Reform Minister Brendan Howlin added: “Labour’s offering in this election is clear. Sensible and targeted tax reform. More investment in public services. Progress on the liberal and reform agenda.

“We are the party of change. Only Labour will ensure that our economy continues to grow and that growth is used to improve the lives of all our people.”

Minister for Communications Alex White said: “If re-elected to Government, repealing the eighth amendment to our constitution will be a top priority for Labour.

“It is inconceivable that an arrangement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil will result in any progress on the eighth taking place in the next half-decade.

“And while so-called parties of the left will be content to grandstand, and ‘call for’ a referendum, only Labour will deliver it. And we will also campaign strongly and unequivocally for a ‘yes’ vote, and advance legislation for a new medical and legal framework.”



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