Wednesday 28 September 2016

Tanaiste Joan Burton: Micheál Martin believes he's the 'new kid on the block'

Barry Lennon

Published 14/02/2016 | 18:38

Collette Fitzpatrick, Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fine Gael, Tainaiste Joan Burton, Labour, Michael Martin Fianna Fail and Pat Kenny at the Vote 2016 Leaders Debate at TV3 studios in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron
Collette Fitzpatrick, Gerry Adams, Sinn Fein, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Fine Gael, Tainaiste Joan Burton, Labour, Michael Martin Fianna Fail and Pat Kenny at the Vote 2016 Leaders Debate at TV3 studios in Dublin. Photo: Arthur Carron

Tanaiste Joan Burton attacked Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin saying he believes he is the “new kid on the block.”

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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.”

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