What Do I Stand For?
Cllr. Carly Bailey - Rathfarnham/Templeogue
I stand for reducing the cost of living, particularly the cost of childcare, housing, education & healthcare. I stand for enacting economic and social policies that reduce inequality, poverty and climate change.
I stand for political accountability. I stand for ending political corruption & the mismanagement of public resources.
I stand for the building and support of strong, vibrant and sustainable communities. I stand for independent, joined up & long-term, evidence-based approaches to policy making.
"Developing a Sustainable Community of Social Inclusion & Vibrancy."
Community promotes a sense of belonging, purpose & dignity. I will work to develop our community by:
Creating a central website providing information on groups such as Men’s Shed, Active Age, Mental Health and Disability Groups.
Providing civic spaces for people of all ages including accessible, inclusive playgrounds and teen spaces.
Funding sports, drama, music, dance and coding clubs for young people.
Resourcing our community centres and libraries appropriately to be places of learning, refuge, warmth and company for everyone in our community.
Establishing Repair Cafes to combat throw-away culture – volunteers repair household items like computers, electronics and bikes for free.
Developing more community gardens.
"The cost of living, particularly healthcare, childcare, housing & education must be reduced."
Affordable Homes to Rent & Buy...
Increase the supply of public housing.
Bring in co-op and cost rental models to provide housing to people across income brackets.
Deliver energy efficient homes.
Bring vacant sites and properties back into use.
Support homeless families and people.
Provide communities with resources to build and thrive.
"Enacting economic and social policies that reduce inequality, poverty and climate change must be prioritized."
Investing in educational supports for childcare workers.
Carrying out a full economic review of the cost of childcare based on quality standards, implementation of national curricula, and the introduction of a proper career structure for staff.
Extending paid parental leave to 36 weeks initially and to 52 weeks over three budgets. We would supplement this with legislation to guarantee flexible work options for parents.
Investing in quality of service provision via higher capitation payments to childcare providers, and linking funding to increased quality.
Setting maximum fees for parents for childcare, ensuring public funding does not simply push up prices, and enabling all families to benefit, with higher quality incentivised.
Extending subsidised childcare places to lower-income families in all areas, through extension and reform of the Community Childcare Subvention.
"Improved Transport & Facilities for all road users."
Climate Change Policy
The Social Democrats recognise the great opportunities and benefits in transitioning to a low- carbon, energy efficient economy. We understand that action on climate is needed today.
We want to guarantee our future environmental, social and economic health by implementing robust domestic emissions-reduction legislation with credible, incremental national and sectoral plans, based on ambitious but attainable goals.
"I stand for political accountability."
Like many families we cycle, walk drive and use the bus to get around the city each day. If elected I will work to support:
Connection of the Metro to the South city with stations in Rathfarnham, Templeogue and Ballycullen.
Increase and maintain segregated and safe cycle lanes and roll out cycling training in all our schools.
Ensure any new public transport plan including Bus Connect takes on board local concerns and accommodates people with mobility issues.
"I stand for independent, joined up & long-term, evidence-based approaches to policy making."
People with Disabilities
Nowhere is our two-tier society more acutely felt than among people with disabilities. At the last Census count (2016), 13.5% or 643,131 people in Ireland had a disability.
Long term problems are being stored up which will impact negatively both on individual lives and on public spending in the future, especially where disabled children and young people are affected. So the Social Democrats main objective in terms of Disability Policy is to have the UNCRPD and the protocol fully ratified and in force in Ireland.
- Having a clear action plan with budget lines and timelines for implementation.
- Ending barriers to disabled people entering or remaining within the paid work force.
- Improving regulations and funding conditions so that access to buses, trains, taxis and housing is vastly improved.