Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane (above) launches the Sinn Fein Alternative Budget Proposals for Health joined by Thomas Gould TD (second right); spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD (right); and spokesperson on Climate Justice, Senator Lynn Boylan (left).
Labour senator Ivana Bacik (above and top) – representing a group of ten senators who are taking action to find out if the Seanad can sit without the next taoiseach’s nominees – arrives for a specially convened hearing.
The State argues it cannot sit until all 60 members are appointed.
The outcome of the case will be significant if a government is not formed this weekend as legislation for terrorist and gangland crime – including the operation of the Special Criminal Court – needs to be renewed by next Monday or it will lapse.
The case is being heard by three judges of the High Court, including the President of the court Ms Justice Mary Irvine.
The Irish Architectural Archive, Merrion Square Dublin 2.
Above from left: Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin, Housing spokesperson Jan O’Sullivan and Duncan Smith, candidate for Fingal, launch the party’s General Election 2020 housing strategy, which includes a proposed rent freeze.
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin launches his party’s Generel Election 2020 manifesto.
Asked about entering government with Sinn Fein, Mr Howlin said:
“There’s two phases in that. I think one of the mistakes all of us in the left made in the past is we were picked off, attacking each other.
The Greens went into government with Fianna Fáil and they were demolished. We went into government and we were demolished.
We need to have an alliance of progressive thinkers who could set out a platform of investment to solve this crisis. Once we have that, I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin.”
“I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin but the caveat I’ve entertered and I entered this on every occasion, is there is a fundamental issue of trust. Now I have served in government and it collapsed on the basis of trust, government, between different parties, only can survive on the basis of trusting one another.”
The Labour Party published proposals for new public childcare options.
The party has pledged to roll out a pilot scheme which will at first benefit 6,000 children and will be targeted initially at parents who cannot afford to work and pay for childcare costs.
The applications process will involve a parent declaring their income and showing two quotes from commercial providers.
Initially if the childcare cost is more than 30 per cent of the parent’s net income, they will be eligible for inclusion in the scheme.
A spouse’s income is not included which means the calculations will be based only on one parent’s income, the party said.
From top: )l-r) Deputy Chair of Labour Women Hannah Deasy with baby Oliver (8 months), Labour election candidate Andrew Montague with his son Phillip (1.5 years), and Lorraine Mulligan with Harry Power (6 months); Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with Oliver Deasy Celin and Andrew Montague with son Phillip; Senator Ó Ríordáin and baby Harry Power (6 months).
Pic 3, from left: Director of Elections Ivana Bacik, Leader of the Labour Party Brendan Howlinand Alan Kelly surrounded by Labour candidates at the launch of Labour Party General Election campaign bearing the slogan: ‘Building An Equal Society’.
Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald (top centre) talking to the media on the start of General Election 2020.
A wee announcement:
I will be asking the people of Cavan Monagan to elect me to the Dáil.
This election is an opportunity to end the rip-off of Irish families and the neglect of our communities by Fianna Fáil & Fine Gael.
It’s time for change – it’s time for Sinn Féin! pic.twitter.com/pHG3dnbLhS