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Saturday 20 September 2014

Burton vows to dump several Labour ministers if elected leader

Published 25/06/2014 | 09:16

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Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has said that she will dump several Labour ministers if elected leader.

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In an interview, Ms Burton was asked does she intend making more changes to the Labour ministerial ranks beyond replacing departing Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore from his current post.

"Yes there will be changes, there will be more changes, but I have not allowed myself to become presumptuous in that regard," she told RTE's Morning Ireland.

She said that Labour in Government had made mistakes and said that she regretted those mistakes.

She agreed that Labour delegates at the various hustings in recent weeks had complained that the party had not been assertive enough in Government.

She committed to reaching the deficit target of 3 per cent of GDP but indicated that the Budget adjustment could be at least €500 million lower than the projected €2 billion target.

She added that she wanted to continue the economic recovery but said the Government must refocus its attention as to the wider society. She said she wants to see a capital building programme to deliver social housing, which is in high demand, particularly in Dublin.

She also said she favours additional capital taxation for wealthy people.

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

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