Irish Political Leaders discussing the big issues before Election 2020 during Claire Bryne Live.
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23:24 Roisin Shorthall says increasing carbon tax must not impoverish people.
23:18 Mary Lou McDonald says “the way we are going, there won’t be any more family farms”.
23: 16 Varadkar says “there are a few nutters in every party”, including his own.
23:14 Eamon Ryan says The Green Party will protect the family farm.
23:12 Eamon Ryan says he wants to pay farmers properly. Current policies are “not working”.
23:11 Roisin Shorthall says what the people want in this country is decent services.
23:10 Mary Lou McDonald labels Martin and Varadkar “tweedle dum tweedle dee “.
23:09 Michael Martin says “every single item in our manifesto is fully costed”.
23:03 Michael Martin attacks Sinn Fein, for voting to raise the pension age to 66 in Northern Ireland.
22:58 Richard Boyd-Barett says Starbucks paid no tax while having a profit of 1bn last year.
22:53 Mary Lou McDonald says reducing pension age to 65 “has to be done”.
22:50 Mary Lou McDonald attacks Varadkar’s fiscal responsibility claim, saying “he is building the most expensive hospital in the world”.
22: 47 Varadkar says tax cuts are “not a bribe”.
22:45 Brendon Howlin rules out tax cuts but says solving the housing and health crisis will be a priority.
22:36 Roisin Shorthall attacks Fine Gael: “This government abandoned poor and disadvantaged communities to do community policing cutbacks”.
22:29 Varadkar says Fine Gael won’t reopen old Gardai stations but won’t close anymore.
22:28 Varadkar says “there will be no long pauses” while discussing drugs.
22:25 Eamon Ryan called for “drugs to be dealt with in a health-based system”.
22:21 Michael Martin calls for the restoration of community Gardai stations.
22:19 Varadkar says 50000 new homes have been built while He has been Taoiseach.
22:16 Mary Lou McDonald applauded for attacking Michael Martin for supporting Fine Gael policies.
22:10 Richard Boyd-Barett attacks the sale of 40bn of a public asset to vulture funds by NAMA.
22:09 Varadkar says 60000 social houses will be built over the next five years.
22:06 Brendan Howlin calls for a rent freeze to a round of applause from the audience.
22:04 Mary Lou McDonald calls for 100000 houses to be built in the “biggest housing program in the history of the state”.
21:59 Leo Varadkar claims “Help to Buy scheme has helped between 15000 and 16000 people to buy a home”.
21:57 Brendan Howlin attacks Fianna Fail for “hollowing out” the construction of social houses during the boom.
21:56 Michael Martin pledges to build 50000 public houses.
21:53 Eamon Ryan says climate action will require “a radical and tough decisions”.
21:49 Richard Boyd-Barett, of People Before Profit, condemns Labour for imposing “crippling austerity” while in government.
21:47 Brendan Howlin reminds Labor voters to transfer their votes to the Social Democrats and to the Greens, to create a “progressive government”.
21:43 Leo Varadkar rules out coalition with Sinn Fein saying “they are soft on crime and high on taxes”.
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