GENERAL ELECTIONS IN IRELAND – THE POLITICAL MANIFESTOS

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At the recent pre-elections debates all political parties are claiming they have the solution for the problems concerning the homeless, lack of affordable housing, employment, policing and the likes.
But it’s once again putting the cart before the horse.
What’s the point in trying to eliminate homelessness, when there are no proper plans for building new houses or freeing some premises managed by NAMA, which lay vacant and could be put to good use?
What’s the point in spending more money in providing more affordable houses for low income people when the whole house rental system needs a good overhaul other than cosmetic touches such as the recent two year rent freeze?  Have they introduced a proper rent control? What about introducing a system to equate rents to size, habitability fitness and mod cons of rented premises?
What’s the point in encouraging people to take up employment or giving more money into their pockets by reducing taxes, when consecutive governments have done nothing to curb the escalation of the cost of living by allowing the spiralling cost of services?
Haven’t they allowed ever increasing charges for essential services such as electricity, gas, road tax, car insurance, private health insurance premiums and introduced new ones such as water charges?
Take electricity for example. Haven’t they ironically allowed charges go steadily up, while the average salary in the ESB has gone up from €70,000 to €85,000 p.a., thus asking taxpayers to subsidize all its workers’ pretty good lifestyle?
What is the point in recruiting more policemen or re-opening recently closed police stations, when the laws of this country do not give adequate powers to the police to tackle crime?
What’s the point in throwing more money into the HSE pot to create more beds or affordable medical care for all, when one of the major problem is its internal bureaucratic procedures and costly services subcontracting which stifle proper running of hospitals, as well as paying fat salaries to consultants and the newly created army of managers and sub-managers.
The time when hospitals worked properly and “the matron”, was the only manager able to supervise every aspect of hospital life, has long gone.

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