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Poll: Should every citizen in Ireland get €200 a week regardless of income?

The idea has been trialled in other countries, including Finland and Kenya, Brazil and Canada.

Image: Shutterstock/Marian Weyo

DO YOU THINK every Irish citizen should get €192 no matter their income, social status, or employment history?

Proponents of this idea, called a universal basic income (UBI), say that it would reduce poverty, eliminate the stigma of claiming social welfare, and provide a safety net for people as automation makes many jobs obsolete.

But others argue that it’s “fiscally irresponsible” and - as we hear in the latest episode of our Ireland 2029 podcast series - a red herring to solving issues like poverty and automation. It would also mean increasing tax rates to 40% or 45%.

So, what do you reckon? Should every Irish citizen get €192 a week regardless of income?

Poll Results:

No (7598)
Yes (7007)
I don't know (1255)

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