Wednesday 26 October 2016

Main concern of left wing parties is to prove 'how left-wing they all can be' - Tánaiste

Barry Lennon

Published 22/02/2016 | 13:08

Labour Party Leader Joan Burton
Labour Party Leader Joan Burton

Tánaiste Joan Burton doesn’t believe left-wing parties can form a Government, saying their main concern is to prove “how left-wing they all can be.”

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The Labour Party leader added that “these supposed left politicians,” shy away from decision-making.

Ms Burton doubts that Sinn Féin can lead a coalition, as that party plans to pitch its leader Gerry Adams as Taoiseach to share power with anti-water charges groups.

“If you’re asking me can Sinn Féin lead a Government? No, I don’t,” she said.

Ms Burton also ruled out a possibility of sharing power with independents as their demands “could not be met.”

“Would you be able to fund it if you have people coming in not with a list of demands but a trolley load,” she said.  

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“Bertie Ahern was able to use independents because we had resources and numbers in the Dáil to do so. The Troika have only left us.”

“From the outset of this Government, Sinn Féin campaigned with leaflets, that the worst tax was USC.

“But bit like a Stalinist photographs of old, those particular cards, which were sent to the Labour Party office, have vanished. They’ve been edited out. That’s what they believed once.” 

Meanwhile, Ms Burton said that she did not agree with Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s description of his critics as “whingers.”

She said that it was part of the conversation of the General Election but added “it’s not a term that I would use.”

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