Labour leader Alan Kelly has criticised other parties who are promising tax cuts and increasing spending harmoniously.
In his first address as Labour leader to the party’s national conference at the Mansion House in Dublin, Kelly said there is a hunger for a real alternative in Irish politics.
Kelly said: “We’re still not building enough homes. A whole new class of absentee institutional landlords is being created instead. Where is the radical state action to deliver homes?”
“Where is the ban on evictions? Where is the referendum to deliver a right to housing Where is the rent freeze?”
“I was able to freeze rents for two years in 2015 [when Kelly was housing minister] but since then the conservative parties in power have allowed record increases,” he said.
He then hit out at other opposition parties who are “peddling the myth that we can have both tax cuts and public spending”.
“It’s a con job. It’s total lies. They are lying to the Irish people, pure and simple. Populist nonsense that all Labour Party representatives will always call out.”
“None of us like paying taxes, but we can’t have decent services without them. And you can’t call yourself a left-wing party if you’re against a property tax,” he said.