Wednesday 20 September 2017

A confident Tanaiste rounds on Gerry Adams over 'trampoline activities'

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

TANAISTE Joan Burton has rejected criticism of the Government's Job Bridge programme - suggesting that some of the scheme's critics have never worked outside of politics.

Ms Burton claimed that the scheme has achieved considerable success and given many participants future job opportunities.

But in a series of swipes at the scheme's opponents, Ms Burton queried whether critics have never worked themselves.

"I hear people in the Dail talking about Job bridge, and I sometimes wonder if some of them ever worked in a job...bar in politics of course," the Labour Party leader said.

Ms Burton also claimed Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has previously sought that the scheme be extended.

"I recall Gerry Adams, having parliamentary questions down, on his day off from his trampoline, looking for the job bridge to be extended," she said.

Ms Burton made the remarks as she prepares to address Labour's National Conference in Killarney, Co Kerry this weekend.

She insisted that Labour will approach the General Election as an independent party - but will remind voters of their record in coalition with Fine Gael.

"The government, and both parties in it, have achievements that we will want to bring to the people, that we've worked on frantically, but the Labour Party  will go into the general election as an independent party," she said.

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