What Labour chiefs are saying in elections build-up
SOCIAL Protection Minister, Joan Burton attacked Sinn Fein's "fantasy politics":
"In the old arithmetic one and one made two, but we have a new arithmetic from a lot of the Independents and some of the parties including Sinn Fein.
"I see them holding up so-called costed budgets – they are not costed because they are offering everything, all kinds of everything."
Eamon Gilmore expressed doubt about opinion polls:
"I think we know from our own experience polls don't predict elections. I remember standing answering questions the weekend before the presidential election and the outcome of the election was very different.
"What we do know at this stage is that a large number of people at this stage have to make up their minds."
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte said the electorate will "forsake" the Government in Friday's local and European elections:
"In 2011 we got more than 19pc of the vote, 81pc of people didn't vote for us – but we're taking 81pc of the criticism."
Education Minister Ruairi Quinn on Labour's unfair blame and his doubts about opinion polls:
"Labour's always had a fight on its hands, always. We get one in five votes. We never get more than 20pc, since the foundation of the State.
"And yet we're expected to fix the country, when other people break it."
Wicklow TD Anne Ferris said the party had to be "realistic":
"We are out there trying to win seats and we will do what we can but we are realistic, we know we are going to lose seats because it is what happens to the smaller party in mid-term elections."