Wednesday 26 November 2014

Gilmore insists his resignation won't affect Government stability

Shona Murray, Brussels

Published 27/05/2014 | 16:56

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at a press conference to announce his stepping down as leader of the Labour Party the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore at a press conference to announce his stepping down as leader of the Labour Party the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore insists that government stability has not been affected by his resignation but he admits both parties feel “bruised” and are “carrying of the battle scars of an election campaign”.

Mr Gilmore warned that the coalition has to “heed very clearly the message that the people of the country gave to both government parties, particularly to the Labour Party, last Friday”.

The outgoing Labour leader, who is Brussels with the Taoiseach today on EU business, claims that he has been calling for “renewal” in government and in the Labour Party for the last number of weeks.

“There has to be renewal both by the party and of the party; I also think there has to be renewal in government and this is something I have been talking about for a number of weeks”.

He acknowledged that most people were not benefiting from the relative slow growth that has emerged in the recent times. “During the course of the election campaign people said ‘we understand what you had to do to rescue to the country from economic disaster but my household budget is down and it’s tightened and I have less money to spend...’”

“I think the Government has to address that and it has to be addressed in future budgets.”

“The next phase for what the Government has to do is to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt by people” he cautioned.

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