1. Are you for or against the elimination of the local property tax?


2. Are you for or against repealing the 8th Amendment?


3. Are you for or against the creation of a directly elected mayor for the Dublin area, with greater powers over, housing, transport and revenue raising?


4. Who should be responsible for setting minimum apartment standards, local authorities or the national government?


5. Are you for or against ending religious patronage of all schools?


6. Are you for or against the provision of medically supervised injection centres in Dublin?


7. Are you for or against giving asylum seekers the right to work?


8. What, if anything, should be done about Irish Water?


9. Are you for or against the immediate introduction of a vacant-land levy in Dublin?


10. Are you for or against banning zero-hour employment contracts?


11. Are you for or against ending unvouched expenses for TDs and councillors?


12. Are you for or against bringing in a new system of independent building inspections carried out by government inspectors to ensure that buildings are built to code?


In preparation for 26 February, we asked candidates running in Dublin for their views on a dozen issues. You can read what all the candidates had to say here.

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Igor Slamoff
at 4 March 2016 at 14:42

Gino Kenny is my kind of politician. His replies to the 12 questions on public policy posed by the Dublin Enquirer [http://dublininquirer.com/2016/02… show that he is clearly devoted to defending the interests and welfare of the lower classes against the arrogant and rapacious elite. Equality is just as important as freedom.
Until now Mr Kenny´s political career has been confined to local politics. All 12 questions he was asked had to do with local government and taxation issues.
Consequently I am somewhat befuddled by Mr. Kenny´s brandishing a Palestinian flag when his electoral victory was announced [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g…. Palestinian issues did not figure prominently in his campaign.
I suppose that Mr Kenny´s dramatic gesture should be understood as a sign of his commitment to the oppressed peoples of the world, those importuned, exploited and massacred by powers vastly greater than themselves.
However I do not think that the Palestinian people’s struggle against Israeli domination is a clear-cut case of a struggle for freedom. Palestinians may be struggling against one form of oppression (i.e. their oppression as a people by Zionism), but they are also undeniably fierce advocates of other forms of repression, namely religious and political oppression of non-Moslems.
I have documented this fact elsewhere (see …).
I think Mr. Kenny would be well advised to choose a different symbol to signal his support for the oppressed peoples of the world, a symbol that is not stained by associations with primitive superstitions, chauvinism and obsessive violence. The Palestinian flag is divisive. It is a rallying point for anti-Semites. It represents an arch-reactionary Islamist ideology that is at least as oppressive as the Zionism it combats.
Support for Palestinian demands is a relic of the 1960s. it may have been progressive at some point, but is now clearly reactionary.

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