GE2020: Aontú targeting Cavan-Monaghan in bid to increase seats

Cavan/Monaghan, Meath West and Wexford are among the constituencies Aontú’s targeting in the upcoming general election.

At its campaign launch today, the party announced it’s running 25 candidates and hopes to take up to four seats.

Party leader Peadar Toibin also took the time to warn off Sinn Féin, whom he accused of targeting his seat in Meath West.

He also outlined Aontú’s red line issues:

Fine Gael has promised free GP-care for all children if re-elected to government.

The party announced proposals that include the abolition of hospital charges for minors, free dental care for under 16s and baby boxes for all new births.

Fine Gael has also attacked proposals from Fianna Fáil that include 4,000 new nurses, up to 1,000 new hospital consultants and 2,600 new hospital beds.

Health Minister Simon Harris said he will continue to criticise the promises from Fianna Fáil:

Fianna Fail is accusing the Taoiseach of using a state event to attack his political opponents.

The party is to write to the Standards in Public Office Commission to request an immediate investigation into an event marking forty years of Apple in Ireland, attended by the tech giant’s CEO, Tim Cook.

During his speech the Taoiseach said his opponents want to “tear up” the broadband plan, but told the audience not to worry because “they’re not going to get in anyway”.

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin says the Taoiseach wrongly used the occasion to score political points: