ALEX THE CANDIDATE

We need parliamentary representation in Europe that is knowledgeable, experienced, and politically effective. Given my track record as a committed social democrat – working on civil society campaigns, in parliamentary committees, and in government – I can be a powerful advocate for Dublin in the European Parliament.

ALEX OUTLINED WHERE ACTION ON ISSUES IS REQUIRED:

A STRONG ECONOMY

We can continue to have a strong economy with a fair tax and benefit system that sees everyone gain from the recovery.

JOB OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL

More than 135,000 jobs have been created in the last three years, and over 1,000 new jobs are now coming on stream every week.

INVESTING IN THE EARLY YEARS

Despite the economic crash, Labour in Government has invested in schools, protected the pupil-teacher ratio, recruited thousands of teachers and special needs assistants, and established book rental schemes.

COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE FIRST

This year, we were able to increase health funding for the first time since the economic crash and more nurses and health professionals are now being hired.

SMART FRONTLINE POLICING

Over 300 of the 550 Gardai recruited in 2015 are already working in our communities, and we’ll recruit 600 more in 2016.

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change is the biggest single challenge facing humanity. As Minister for Energy, I published a 2015 White Paper, which mapped out Ireland’s medium-term energy policy…

SOCIAL PROGRESS AND POLITICAL REFORM

I was honoured to lead Labour’s marriage equality campaign, working with civil society organisations to deliver an historic referendum result.

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