Sunday 25 September 2016

Think hard about your vote or you may regret it, warns Burton

Barry Lennon

Published 24/02/2016 | 02:30

Labour leader Joan Burton. Photo: Tom Burke
Labour leader Joan Burton. Photo: Tom Burke

Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned voters to think twice before they cast their vote on Friday or they might "regret" their decision.

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Ms Burton said the only choice "to continue growth" is to return Fine Gael and Labour to power, after business leaders called for a stable government.

The Labour Party leader pledged to generate 200,000 jobs if re-elected as she visited a new venture, Dublin's Teelings' Distillery.

Ms Burton also ruled out a number of different coalition options, including the bookies' favourite, a Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael pairing.

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She repeated her message that such a "government would find it very difficult" to last, despite the two parties sharing a steady 50pc of the vote in the latest opinion polls.

"If you had Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, that would be a very conservative Government. There would be no social progresss," she said.

Ms Burton added that Ireland would "take a considerable step backwards" if it elected a grouping headed by Sinn Féin in government.

Labour claimed that low- and middle-income families would be "significantly worse off under Sinn Féin", as it plans to retain "punitive" USC rates.

Meanwhile, Labour said it "wants to see the recovery deliver for every Dubliner" as it pledged to construct the long-awaited Metro North project.

Irish Independent

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