Monday 24 November 2014

Gilmore targets Fianna Fail mistakes and far right's rise in conference speech

Published 16/02/2014 | 02:30

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore delivers his keynote speech at the Labour Party Ard Fheis at the Johnstown House Hotel in Co Meath Niall Carson/PA Wire

THE rise of the far right in Europe and the return of Fianna Fail were the two top targets of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore's speech to the Labour Party national conference.

The Labour leader also outlined his vision of the four central principles of Labour in a post-bailout era.

He said these principles would consist of sustainable prosperity, shared prosperity, a threshold of decency and an unapologetic statement of claim to the full ownership of the liberal agenda.

As the party faces into a difficult set of elections, Mr Gilmore told delegates the crisis the Coalition had to deal with had its origin in Fianna Fail's control the councils in the 1980s.

The Tanaiste warned voters would have to think about whether it would be a good idea to put Fianna Fail back in charge of planning.

The Labour leader also warned a strong Labour presence was needed in Europe to combat the rise of the far right such as UKIP in Britain, and Marie le Pen's Front National, currently polling at 30pc in France.

He warned there was "a nasty strain" developing in Europe as a response to the greatest economic recession since the 1930s.

Delegates at the conference were then told no one had taken more political risks to build the current recovery than Labour and the party was determined those who made the sacrifices should be the first to get the breaks.

Sunday Independent

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