Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Because we don't believe in capitalism, we know how to f**king manage it' - Ruairi Quinn's rallying cry to Labour

Published 15/09/2015 | 12:50

Ruairi Quinn
Ruairi Quinn
Former Education Minister Ruairi Quinn

Outgoing Labour Party TD Ruairi Quinn has launched a rallying cry to his colleagues, insisting that the party has defeated 'the Fine Gaelers, the Fianna Fáiler's and the Free Staters'.

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Mr Quinn told a parliamentary party dinner that he has 'many regrets' from his time in Cabinet but that Labour has much to celebrate from its role in Government.

The Dublin Bay South TD appeared emotional as he delivered the impromptu speech at the Glen of the Downs Hotel in Wicklow.

“We have been a lonely tribe of adventurers, of pioneers, of visionaries, who have said we will transform this country in a way that it never was transformed before," Mr Quinn said.

“And we have defeated the Fine Gaelers and the Free Staters, and we have defeated the Fianna Fáilers and the nationalists, and we have brought this country into the 21st century and without the Labour Party we would not be here today.”

Mr Quinn received rapturous applause as he described himself as an 'unconstructed' socialist.

“The great thing about socialism and social democrats, because we don’t believe in capitalism, we know how to f**king manage it,” he told colleagues.

“There are some things that can only be run by the State and we should never apologise for that," singling out the Communications Minister Alex White who has responsibility for many of the State's assets.

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