Renua Ireland launches General Election manifesto

[One of] Ireland’s newest political party parties, Renua Ireland, launched its general election manifesto today, and revealed its 18 candidates.

The RTÉ report focuses on the proposal for a flat rate of income tax at 23%, and the party leader Lucinda Creighton’s bid for the party as a future coalition partner.

Ms Creighton claimed no party would have a clear-cut majority after the election and the question voters had to ask was “who would be their watchdog in government?”.

She insisted that the party’s core principle was to reward work with a flat tax of 23%, with a system of graduated payments to those earning less than €70,000.

The party would not be taking a view on the question of liberalising abortion legislation, Ms Creighton said, insisting there are other social issues facing the electorate.

Speaking earlier on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, Ms Creighton said the party’s aim is to simplify the tax system and reduce the number of tax rates, which she described as anti-competitive, anti-business and anti-jobs.

“We’ve gone to great lengths in developing this proposal of a flat rate of income tax to ensure that firstly, those on and beneath the minimum wage will be absolutely protected.

“So the various supports that exist, family income supplement, child benefit and so on, would be protected. But really this is about the people who are earning low, middle income salaries, who will benefit substantially” she said.

Ms Creighton said the system the party has proposed means that people are taxed progressively instead of punitively.