Tuesday 28 February 2017

Burton tight-lipped over future as Labour eye up opposition alliance

Niall O'Connor

Political Correspondent

Tánaiste Joan Burton Photo: Tom Burke
Tánaiste Joan Burton Photo: Tom Burke

LABOUR Party TDs have discussed the prospect of forming a Dail alliance with "like-minded TDs" - but Joan Burton's remains under serious scrutiny.

Labour's seven TDs met today for the first time since last week's bruising meeting saw Ms Burton and the party's deputy leader Alan Kelly come under criticism.

A source said the meeting was dominated by the issue of political reform as the party agreed to abstain in today's vote for Taoiseach.

But Ms Burton is understood to have proposed forming a loose alliance in Opposition with "like-minded TDs" such as the Social Democrats and the Green Party.

"With just seven TDs , we need to align our selves with like-minded individuals," a source told independent.ie.

The source said there was no proposals to consider re-entering government.

Ms Burton did not indicate whether she will step down and the source said the issue was not raised.

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