Test 1: Will the Government redistribute income towards the poorest 20% of the population?
Test 2: Will the Government strengthen access to quality employment?
Test 3: Will the Government restore and strengthen public services which are of particular importance to people on low income?
Test 4: Will the Government support mechanisms to ensure that all areas of policy and decisions work to reduce poverty and inequality?
Ireland has the fourth lowest tax take as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product in the European Union. As a society we have come to expect western European levels of social and economic development yet are only willing to pay eastern European levels of taxation. As our recent economic collapse has demonstrated this contradiction is no longer sustainable.