Tanaiste Joan Burton: Micheál Martin believes he's the 'new kid on the block'
Published 14/02/2016 | 18:38
Tanaiste Joan Burton attacked Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin saying he believes he is the “new kid on the block.”
The Labour leader said that Mr Martin has a “marketing concept” that it is “year zero” and where he was not part of the 2007-2011Government which oversaw the financial crisis.
“I think they need to be confronted with their legacy and why people don’t trust them to be back in Government,” she said.
Labour and Fine Gael have planned to target Mr Martin after a Fine Gael party strategist told the Irish Independent the two parties accept he won the first full week of campaigning
The Labour leader slammed Mr Martin after an attack yesterday where she criticised FF leader over the past Government’s approach to the economy, saying “he drove the bus over the cliff and walked away.”
Ms Burton added that both Fine Gael and Labour were “seasoned in Government” and best placed to bring the country forward.
She claimed that Fianna Fáil believes it “didn’t take €16 a week off the social welfare payments,” saying “he (Mr Martin) is the new kid and it’s year zero, as far as Fianna Fáil is concerned.”