PUBLIC Spending Minister Brendan Howlin has defended the leadership of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.
The Labour Party’s support has hit a disastrous six per cent in the latest opinion poll – the lowest rating in a quarter of a century.
Mr Howlin says Mr Gilmore “will be out” speaking about the party’s record in office and Labour would be measured on its performance over its period in office.
“We are going to have bumps. We are going to have bad opinion polls,” he said.
The minister said Fine Gael would take as big a hit if the figures in the polls were replicated in a general election.
“The impact on Fine Gael would be as bad as it is for the Labour Party,” he said.