Labour attempts to woo parents with €3 increase in child benefit payments
Published 15/02/2016 | 02:30
The Labour Party has promised to increase child benefit by €3 a year until 2021 if it is elected to the next government.
Parents who now receive €140 a month will expect €155 by the end of the next Dáil term if the party's plan is fully implemented.
Up to 623,000 families who currently receive child benefit could be in line to receive this increase.
The party plans to announce this and further measures to "eradicate child poverty" when it launches its manifesto later today.
It also promises to extend free GP care and the school meals programme and introduce paid parental leave and high-quality, affordable childcare.
Labour pledges to "eliminate long-term homelessness" and increase the minimum wage.
It claims that Ireland already has one of the "most effective systems" of reducing child poverty.
The party will also pledge today to introduce a new bill which will expunge the criminal records of gay men who were previously convicted of homosexual acts.
The manifesto will propose a law that will offer pardons to gay men convicted under the State's historical indecency laws.
TD for Dublin North West John Lyons, who played a leading role in the marriage equality campaign, said it was a "stain" on society that some gay people were still carrying such convictions.