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The Social Democrats believe that a strong, creative, prosperous, fair, equal and democratic country – in which all children have the opportunity to achieve their potential – is not just an aspiration. It can, and should be, Ireland’s reality.

Our Priorities

We are prioritising policies that:

  1. Support a healthy, inclusive and progressive society
  2. Ensure a strong, stable and vibrant economy
  3. Make politics and government more transparent


Investing in public services, ensuring a recovery for all and building and inclusive and progressive society…

What does that mean?


An Irish NHS – How do we get there? It’s a 3 phase, 10 year plan:

  1. Switch activity and care away from acute hospitals and into the community
  2. Provide universal access to community and healthcare services
  3. End the two-tier services by raising the standard of our public hospital service


We fully support the Sláintecare plan for radical reform of our health system so that it is a proper public service where people are treated on the basis of their medical needs – not on their ability to pay. See our health policy for more information.

You can read more about Sláintecare here.

Sexual and Reproductive Health Policy

You can read our holistic approach to sexual and reproductive health here.


How will we foster a strong, stable and vibrant economy?

See our proposals for growing a confident, innovative and resilient economy here.

Honesty & Transparency

We feel these are two ingredients sorely lacking in Irish public life. Here’s how we think we can start to fix it:

Community Banking

Let’s create a community banking sector.

Ireland has about 380 credit unions and over 1,100 post offices across the country. They’re in towns and villages in every county.

If we allow them to compete with banks, to provide current accounts, to give loans to families, new businesses and home owners, we can create an entirely new banking sector to compete on a more local and personal level than the current commercial banks.

It’s a big idea for sure, but it’s a sensible one which can bring community banking to Ireland.


Ireland’s small and medium enterprises could be supported in the creation of about 100,000 new jobs.

Let’s cut the red tape for small business and the self-employed.


We want to reduce your cost of living by making childcare affordable:

  • Improving work-life balance 
  • Extending paid parental leave to 1 year
  • Setting maximum fees for parents for childcare
  • Extending subsidised childcare places to lower-income families

Northern Ireland

We need to create a Social Democratic model of uniting 6,500,000 people. Read our full proposals on Northern Ireland here.

Climate Change

Climate Change is one the great challenges of our time. The actions we take or fail to take now will affect our country and our planet for generations to come. Yet this challenge also presents an opportunity. One of the core values of the Social Democrats is placing a value on policies that will benefit Ireland in the long-term.

Our Policies A-Z

Learn more about what the Social Democrats stand for here.

Our Manifesto

Many people in Ireland want a credible alternative to the parties in power today. They want a political vision that marries strong social vision with responsible economics and better government.

This is exactly what the Social Democrats are offering.

If you want to read the nitty gritty detail behind any or all of these policy areas, we’ve laid it all out in our 60 page manifesto, which you can download here:

Building a Better Future (2016 – 2026)

Our Budgetary approach

Our Alternative Budget 2018 sets out our approach to spending and taxation.

See our Alternative Budget 2018 here.

Other parties may promise to spend more, but we believe that auction politics are misleading, and are part of the problem with our politics.  We have proposed measures in line with reasonable independent projections.


Our Constitution was adopted at our National Conference in 2016 . You can read it in full here.