The issues of Housing and Homelessness, Climate Action, Pensions and Childcare have dominated the second of Clare Fm’s Live Election Debates.
Joe Care, Michael Leahy, Rita McInerney, Theresa O’Donohoe and Joseph Woulfe have been debating the issues aheado f polling day on February 7th.
The countdown is well and truly on to GE2020, and with only nine days to go until polling day, five more of Clare’s candidates have been debating some of the issues affecting this county.
They took part in the second of Clare FM’s live election debates on today’s edition of Morning Focus, with climate action, pensions and housing and homelessness to the fore of the issues discussed.
Michael Leahy, who’s running for the Irish Freedom Party, believes part of the problem is a situation is arising where housing is becoming out of the reach of young couples.
He says a number of incentives can be put in place to help them get on the property ladder.
Outgoing Fine Gael TD Joe Carey has defended his Government’s track record on housing.
He says that progress is being made is providing housing solutions for those who need it the most.
On climate action, Fianna Fáil’s Rita McInerney says her party is committed to a national infrastructure commission for decarbonisation, but says communities must be central to any plans.
She says it’s important to look for ways to re-use sites such as Moneypoint.
Independent Joseph Woulfe believes farmers have become the scapegoats in the climate crisis, saying the sector has the largest supply of hedgerows, trees and grass, which benefit the environment.
He believes farming is the industry that keeps on giving, but doesn’t get back.
Theresa O’Donoghue of People Before Profit, believes there are policies in place aimed at hurting older people in society.
She wants to see a national pension fund established.