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Labour seek to desperately cling to Fine Gael life raft – Cullinane

17 August, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has derided Labour’s intention to use Fine Gael as a life raft in the upcoming election. He said that it showed how little faith Labour had in retaining the vote it achieved and subsequently abandoned once they entered government.

Senator Cullinane said:

“For Joan Burton to go before her party and say that an election pact is the only way that Labour can survive the next election shows how far the party has fallen. Last weekend’s poll figures show a further slide in Labour support, something that hardly seems possible at this point. It is further proof that the party of James Connolly has strayed far from the path of workers’ rights and defending the most vulnerable in our society. Labour make tired, old excuses of battling Fine Gael around the Cabinet table and taking the rough edges from legislation as the junior partner. In truth, Labour feel quite cosy to have their feet under the table and hang the consequences. They will do all they can to cling to the Fine Gael life raft and stay in power.

“Labour have been utterly unapologetic for their role in the crippling austerity that has so grievously struck Irish families that now struggle to keep the roof over their heads. By continuing to play second fiddle to Fine Gael in an election, they only prove that they have no intention of standing up, saying they made mistakes, and offering an apology. History will not look kindly on this chapter of the story of the Labour Party, and neither shall the voters.” 

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