Taxation

Income Tax

Renua Will:

  1. Increase the point at which workers start paying the top rate of tax on their income.
  2. Increase the Home Carer Tax Credit to end discrimination against single income families.
  3. Establish a Commission on the future of Taxation and Welfare to deliver a simplified and fair system of taxation and welfare which does not punish those who work hard.

The Cost Of Living

Renua Will:

  1. Reduce the top rate of VAT from 23% to 21%. We believe that this measure is crucial to help protect our small businesses from the potential fallout from Brexit.
  2. Invest in primary and post-primary education. We believe that school-books and school transport should be paid for by the state rather than parents.
  3. Restore the school capitation grant to 2010 levels and end the practice of individual schools seeking ‘voluntary contributions’ from parents.
  4. Tackle the high cost of insurance by making perjury a criminal offence in Ireland, by updating the ‘Book of Quantum’ which states the compensation available for various personal injuries and ensuring that compensation awards are in line with awards for similar injuries in comparable EU countries, requiring our Judges to refer to the Book of Quantum and award compensation in line with it, abolish monetary compensation for soft-tissue injuries (whiplash) an replace same with vouchers for physiotherapy services.
  5. Work to establish German-Style ‘Public Banks’ in Ireland to offer real competition to current retail banks. We will harness the existing network of An Post and Credit Union outlets to deliver our public bank model.  Only competition will drive down the high cost of borrowing in Ireland.
  6. The legal industry needs to be reformed. Renua will force the industry to reform by opening up the sector to greater competition – particularly in conveyancing and probate services.

Allowing People Save For Their Futures

Renua Will:

  1. Establish tax efficient investment/savings accounts in Ireland.
  2. Based on the UK Individual Savings Account (ISA), savers will be allowed to invest up to €10,000 in after tax income per annum in a savings or investment account. The savings/investments will be allowed to grow tax free and no tax will be imposed on withdrawals.
  3. Establish an ISA for children whereby parents/guardians and grandparents can each invest up to €3,000 per annum in after tax income in a savings account for their young. Child ISAs will not be accessible until the child reaches the age of 18.  At 18 they can decide to withdraw the funds tax free or roll the savings into an ‘Adult ISA’.

Welfare Reform

Renua Will:

  1. Ensure that our proposed Commission for the future of taxation and welfare will be asked to produce recommendations for longer-term reforms of the welfare state to ensure its sustainability.

Securing Our Public Finances

Renua Will:

  1. Re-establish ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ and implement a forensic analysis of public spending. We will ask ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ to make recommendations to reduce non pay current spending by €5bn (8.98% of 2018 current spending budget).
  2. Establish a Public Sector Innovation Fund to reward public and civil servants (individuals or teams) who propose the best ideas for reducing costs and/or improving services to end users.
Entrepreneurship

Business Loans

Renua Will:

  1. Establish real competition in the Irish banking sector by harnessing the network of An Post offices and Credit Unions to establish a German-Style public bank in Ireland. German public banks are typically owned by Federal, Regional or Local Government with profits used to both secure its capital base and distributed for the benefit of local communities.
  2. Instruct the Central Bank to issue guidelines to aid the development of peer-to-peer lending in Ireland.
  3. Introduce laws to specifically prevent banks from demanding personal guarantees and pre-signed letters of resignation when offering loans to businesses. Banks need to get back to basics by fully analysing a lending proposal and making their decision solely on that.
  4. Renua Ireland will support the growth and development of the social enterprise sector in Ireland.  We will instruct Local Enterprise Offices (LEO’s) to accept funding applications from Social Enterprises.

Commercial Rates

Renua Will:

  1. Introduce a nationwide relief scheme to reduce commercial rates for struggling businesses.  This will be funded by the imposition of a levy on vacant commercial properties.
  2. Ask our proposed Commission On The Future of Taxation and Welfare to recommend a new system to better fund local government in Ireland.

Helping Small Businesses Grow

Renua Will:

  1. Abolish tax on stock options at companies that are younger than 10 years, have fewer than 50 employees and revenue and a balance sheet of less than €8m. Such a policy is already in operation in Sweden and has already been approved by the European Commission.
  2. Increase the lifetime limit on gains from the disposal of businesses from €1m to €15m. Entrepreneurs will pay a reduced rate of CGT (10%) on all gains made up to the lifetime limit of €15m.  The relief will be available to all those who own a minimum of 1% of a business.

Labour Costs

Renua Will:

  1. Abolish the ‘Low Pay Commission’.
  2. Link any further minimum wage increases to 3-year average inflation. We will also defend the “ability to pay” clause for employers.
  3. Focus Government on reducing the high-cost of living in Ireland – please see our ‘Cost of living’ policy under the ‘Taxpayer First’ Pillar.
  4. Reduce the rate of Employer’s PRSI for those earning less than €380 per week to 4.25%.

National Training Fund

Renua Will:

  1. Reform the National Training Fund so that a minimum of 55% of spending is dedicated to ‘In Employment’ activities where the employers who pay for it can access the fund for the benefit of their workers.
Law & Order

Tougher Sentencing

Renua Will:

  1. Introduce a Criminal Justice (Victim’s Rights) Bill that will remove Judges’ discretion to impose concurrent sentences for serious crime. We will ensure that all Judges must treat each crime separately and pass consecutive sentences.
  2. Introduce a minimum, mandatory sentence of 30 years in prison for those convicted or murder. Those convicted of murder will not become eligible for parole until they have served a minimum of 23 years of their sentence.
  3. Abolish concurrent sentencing for multiple murders. Those who commit more than one murder must serve consecutive life sentences for their crimes.
  4. Overhaul the remission system so that prisoners will be required to earn the right to early release. Remission will no longer be granted automatically.
  5. In order to receive remission of ¼ of a sentence, prisoners must maintain good behaviour, participate in education, training and/or crime prevention programmes provided by the prison service.
  6. Abolish the practice of ‘enhanced remission’. The maximum remission period will be set at ¼ of a sentence.
  7. Introduce 28-day detention orders for those Gardai suspect of being actively involved in preparations to murder another or of being responsible for directing the activities of an organised criminal gang.
  8. Introduce legislation to make it a criminal offence to be caught in possession of a bullet proof vest.
  9. Introduce Serious Crime Prevention Orders (SCPO). SCPOs will place restrictions on those convicted of organised crime offences after they are released from prison. SCPOs may require an individual to inform Gardai of any financial transaction they engage in and worth more than €500, notify Gardai of their intention to travel overseas or restrict contact with named individuals for example.
  10. Failure to comply with an SCOP will result in a minimum, mandatory sentence of 3 years in prison.

Protecting Our Homes

Renua Will:

Include in our Criminal Justice (Victim’s Rights) Bill a minimum mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison for aggravated burglary.  A person convicted of aggravated burglary will not be allowed to apply for parole until they have served at least three quarters of their sentence – 15 years. Our Bill will automatically deny bail to those have previously being convicted of burglary.

Protecting Our Frontline Staff

Renua Will:

  1. Introduce a minimum, mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison for those found guilty of assault on Frontline (Blue Light and hospital) Staff carrying out their duties.    A person so convicted will not become eligible for parole until they have served a minimum of three-quarters of their sentence – 7 ½ years.

Protecting Our Communities

Renua Will:

  1. Introduce legislation to allow individuals, businesses or community organisations to apply directly to the District Court for a ‘Community Protection Order’ (CPO).
  2. The CPO, once granted, will allow Judges to ban defendants from a particular area, be electronically tagged, stay away from other named individuals, become subject to a noise abatement order or become subject to a curfew order.
  3. Where a minor becomes subject to a CPO the parents or guardians will become liable and subject to a range of possible sanctions – participation in parenting classes and suspension of children’s allowance payments for example.
  4. For persistent breaches of CPOs individuals who are housed in social housing will be evicted.

Protecting Our Vulnerable

Renua Will:

  1. Ensure that our Victim’s Rights Bill will include a minimum, mandatory sentence of 20 years in prison where an adult in a position of authority coerces, induces or persuades a child to engage in sexual activity. Those so convicted will not become eligible for parole until they have served a minimum of three quarters of their sentence.  The Director of Public Prosecutions will be mandated to take into consideration the age gap between the victim and perpetrator when making decisions on such cases.
  2. Introduce a minimum, mandatory sentence of 10 years for those found guilty of assaulting an elderly person.
  3. Introduce legislation to protect those with a disability from hate crimes.
  4. Introduce legislation to make recruiters liable for the crimes that the child was instructed to undertake.
  5. Introduce legislation to make the corruption of a minor a criminal offence. Those prosecuted under our new law will face a mandatory, minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Bail and Free Legal Aid Policies

Renua Will:

  1. Ensure that those charged with a serious crime, such as rape, murder, manslaughter, burglary, grievous bodily harm, will only be granted bail if they are electronically tagged and monitored. Renua Ireland will also ensure that bail is automatically denied to those who have a history of persistent (more than three offences) criminal activity.
  2. Instruct the necessary public bodies to recoup at least some of the monies spent on free legal aid for convicted criminals by issuing attachment orders on welfare payments or placing a lien on any property or assets owned by the convicted person.
  3. Renua will invest in our prison infrastructure to protect our law abiding citizens.
Pro-Life

Hospice and Palliative Care

Renua Will:

  1. Require all maternity hospitals to develop a ‘perinatal palliative care plan’ as a positive alternative to abortion in rare and tragic cases where a pre-born child has been diagnosed with a life-limiting condition.
  2. Renua Ireland will invest in post-natal palliative care to provide families whose children have been born with life-limiting conditions the help and support they need.
  3. Renua Ireland will set up an urgent review of hospice care capacity in Ireland provide funding for the expansion of hospice care.
  4. Renua Ireland will support the development and growth of hospice care throughout Ireland to provide a positive alternative to euthanasia for those who are terminally ill.

8th Amendment

Renua Will:

  1. Renua Ireland is dedicated to ensuring that the Right to Life is given effect in our laws. The responsibility for this now shifts from the people to the legislators. All Renua Ireland candidates for public office must commit themselves to our pro-life stance.
Nation State

Ireland: A Nation State

Renua Ireland believes in the nation state, we will defend Ireland’s Constitution and Sovereignty and will place Ireland’s interest first against all others.

While Renua Ireland recognises the benefits of continued EU membership to Ireland we also believe that the transfer of any further powers to the unelected bureaucrats in the EU is not in our national interests.

Renua Ireland believes that the EU needs to be radically reformed in favour of the Nation State so that we decide on the policies that suit us best. Ever “Closer Union” Is not In Ireland’s Interests.

Ireland & The EU

Renua Will:

  1. Work to block any attempt to transfer further competencies to the EU.
  2. In Government, use the Irish veto to block the accession of any further countries to the EU until the EU undertakes deep and radical reform. Specifically, Renua will campaign for the return of national vetos over all policy areas and the abandonment of Qualified Majority Voting.  Specifically, Renua is opposed to a common EU Foreign policy and will work to ensure Irish fishermen are given greater rights to fish in Irish territorial waters.
  3. Use the Irish veto to block any trade deal with threatens Irish farming families and our future food security. High quality and highly traceable Irish produce must not be sacrificed on the altar of globalisation.
  4. Work to introduce an Australian-type points system for inter-EU migration. We do not believe that the free movement of people is an essential element of any customs union.
  5. Bring back the ‘Green’ passport. In 2006 Ireland abandoned the green passport in favour of the common ‘burgundy’ passport of the EU.  The introduction of the green passport in 1927 was an important symbol of our new-found independence.  Re-introducing that passport now will be an important symbol of our independent policy direction within the EU.

Immigration & Citizenship

Renua Will

  1. Set up an Australian-Style points system to manage immigration from Non-EEA Countries. Preference will be given to those immigrants who can speak English, have skills that are not available in Ireland and can demonstrate a shared belief in our national values.
  2. Instruct the Department of Enterprise to complete a full review of work visas issued in Ireland and to identify skills gaps amongst the Irish population. Based on the results of that review we will instruct all relevant government departments to develop a plan to increase the number of Irish citizens that possess the skills that are in demand.
  3. Impose a strict limit of 1,000 asylum seekers per annum. We will also require the Immigration Service to reach a decision on an asylum application within 6 months of an application being made.  Those whose applications have been rejected must be detained or electronically monitored during any appeals process.  If an appeal is rejected the Immigration Service will be required to remove the applicant from the State within 14 days.
  4. Ensure that immigrants who commit serious crime in Ireland are deported once they have served their sentence.
  5. Increase the years of reckonable residence for those seeking Irish citizenship from 3 or 5 years to 8 years. Those who commit serious crime while seeking Irish citizenship will be automatically barred from seeking citizenship and will be automatically deported once they serve their sentence.
  6. Introduce a citizenship test as part of the citizenship application process.
  7. Ensure that local communities are consulted before any decision is made regarding the placing of a large number of refugees within their community area.
  8. Revoke citizenship granted where the individual involved has engaged in serious crime or is proven to pose a threat to the State.

Reforming Local Government

Renua Will:

  1. Reform Local Authorities to ensure value for money for taxpayers. We will also work to identify powers and responsibilities that can be transferred from national to local government.
  2. Establish Community Councils and directly elected Community Mayors. Community Councillors and Mayors will not be remunerated for their work and their primary role will be to represent the interests of their communities to the Local and National Government.
  3. Implement term limits for Community Councils representatives to ensure new voices can be heard.
  4. Reduce the voting age in Community Council elections to 16 to encourage our young to participate in the democratic process.
Cohesive Society

Economics

Progressive taxation, fair public procurement practices, questioning the efficacy of quangos and harnessing the power of the digital economy can all help narrow economic inequality and promote prosperity.

Health

  • Disability Policy that puts the person at the centre of decision making and funding.
  • Elderly ; A review of Fair Deal so that those that have saved to provide for the next generation are not unfairly taxed as they are at present.
  • Healthy Living… Our current system dehumanizes patients. Healthcare is in crisis. Modern medicine is good at treating acute illness but bad at preventing chronic illness. The key to changing this is to prevent people from getting sick in the first place. Reduce the numbers. Tech medicine is one such prevention. Early treatment using video doc offers free consults for thousands of students and employees. This is one aspect of prevention.
  • Another aspect is to realize that health is a choice.
  • Renua will promote a national awareness campaign to say this. The vast majority of illness is preventable. This is the best kept secret in medicine. The body can heal itself if given the right conditions. Heart disease is our number 1 killer. Through diet, lifestyle and awareness it can be prevented and reversed. This mindset can be applied to other disease, eg. cancer etc and right across the board to mental illness. This is a radical proposal in health and throws down the challenge to our people.
  • Renua’s aim is to inform people about their options, to argue for the benefits to outweigh the risks.  Education and motivation, the vision and the will to change are the keys to a more healthy, nourished and balanced system.
  • In Government, Renua will Immediately convene ‘Good Friday Agreement’ style talks to tackle the national emergency In our health service.  The talks will Involve all stake-holders and will be Independently chaired.  We will demand agreement within four months on how to end Inefficient work practices and Ineffective use of taxpayers money to deliver a patient-focused health service the Irish people can depend on.

Education

  • Recognise that the challenge to deal with inequality begins in our schools. Renua will value our teachers and remove red tape that discourages innovation in our school system.
  • We will protect the ethos in our schools
  • We will facilitate more students into our third level system through interest free Student Loan scheme.

Prosperity

Balanced Rural and Regional Development through Work Hubs.

Renua Ireland will require businesses to set out their remote working policies and facilitate such work practices where feasible.

Renua will introduce legislation to give workers in large public companies the same right to information as shareholders and will introduce workers representatives on all state and semi state  boards

Confidence in Government Institutions and Europe is at all time low.

Environment

  • We need to respect our environment, holding it in trust for future generations. There is a delicate balance to be maintained between Ireland’s use of its natural resources, our protection of its eco-systems and the fulfilment of the needs of a growing, developed economy.
  • Climate change, natural disasters of a manmade or a force majeure nature and energy security are amongst the largest long-term challenges facing the Irish state.
  • More needs to be done to ensure that we harness our natural, national assets to the benefit of the citizens of the State and that we increase our ability to service our national energy requirements through increased self-sufficiency.
  • We must also ensure, insofar as it is possible, that we identify early technological trends and how they will impact us – for example, in alternative energy storage.