Sunday 25 September 2016

'Your choice: Joan or Ruth' - Labour leader battles to save her seat as campaign reaches final stages

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 24/02/2016 | 20:04

Tanaiste Joan Burton takes a 'selfie'
Tanaiste Joan Burton takes a 'selfie'
Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Ruth Coppinger Photo: Frank Mc Grath

VOTERS in several of the country’s most competitive constituencies are being warned that the final seat is a toss-up between the Labour Party and the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit (AAA/PBP) or SInn Féin.

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As part of a last ditch to save some of its candidates, Labour is to despatch thousands of leaflets to voters tomorrow in constituencies such as Limerick, Cork North Central, Dublin bay South and Dublin Fingal.

Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Ruth Coppinger Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Anti-Austerity Alliance candidate Ruth Coppinger Photo: Frank Mc Grath

In Dublin West - the home of party leader Joan Burton - the party wil warn: “Your choice - Joan or Ruth”.

Ms Burton is in serious danger of losing her seat - a scenario that would be a disaster for the party.

A recent poll carried out for the Irish Independent and Herald shows that Health Minister Leo Varadkar, Sinn Fein councillor Paul Donnelly and Fianna Fail councillor Jack Chambers are all set to be elected.

The final seat therefore, according to the polls, will be a dogfight between Ms Burton and Ruth Coppinger, who is closely aligned to outgoing TD Joe Higgins.

“Joan has delivered schools, health facilities and jobs growth for our constituency and is considered one of the best ministers,” the note says.

“Ruth Coppinger opposes everything and is totally negative about achieving progress in the community.

“The last seat in this constituency is between Joan and Ruth. The polls say Joan could lose her seat.”

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