Our Future

February 12, 2016

As you know, we’re all about looking to the future in the SocDems. Long term planning, investing in our infrastructure, our healthcare and education systems.

In particular, investing in children – in their childcare and in their education – is a key priority for us.

Glenna Lynch was lending her support to Early Childhood Ireland’s #VoteForChildcare campaign this week.

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Niall Ó Tuathail was getting grilled by the 6th class of St Pat’s in Galway, who were holding a mock election.


In one of our favourite tweets of the week, Holly to Gary Gannon she would be letting the Taoiseach know who she was supporting.

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If you’re not sure how great our policies are don’t just take our word for it. Sheila Garrity, a childcare expert was asked by Newstalk today “Are the parties’ promises on childcare realistic?” Here’s what she said:

“The Social Democrats are the only party who I feel are articulating a long term vision, so they’re talking about a multi-year programme of investment. What’s particularly interesting is that they’re proposing a full economic review of the childcare sector, looking at the cost of childcare, looking at the quality.”

Moving up a few notches to later stage education, we were involved in two debates in major universities this week.

Anne-Marie McNally got the best online reaction at NUI Maynooth.

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The lecture hall was packed full. You can watch a small clip of her in action here.

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Niall O’Tuathail was at the election debate in GMIT in Galway. How did he do? Sure he only went and won it!

Today was a big day with the launch of our policy to Make Housing Affordable.

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Stephen Donnelly was interviewed by George Hook on

And of course, day in day out, the ground teams were out in full force, bringing the message to the doorsteps.

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We’re off home to relax for the evening and get ready for another big canvassing day tomorrow 🙂

Talk soon!

Gill Smyth