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I always wanted vote transfer pact with Labour - Taoiseach

Published 09/09/2015 | 02:30

Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Tánaiste Joan Burton at the announcement that SAS is expanding its operations in Ireland. Also pictured are Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland (left), and John Farrelly, country manager, SAS Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke
Taoiseach Enda Kenny greets Tánaiste Joan Burton at the announcement that SAS is expanding its operations in Ireland. Also pictured are Martin Shanahan, CEO of IDA Ireland (left), and John Farrelly, country manager, SAS Ireland. Photo: Tom Burke

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said he always supported a vote transfer pact with Labour ahead of the forthcoming general election.

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However, he said the parties would bring different policies before the electorate when the country goes to the polls.

"I made no secret of the fact that I favour an electoral pact. This has always been the case, whether you've had one formally or not. The two parties will have separate programmes," Mr Kenny said yesterday.

He said voters ensured both parties had the "strength and numbers" to bring stability to the country at the last general election and he hoped people will allow the Coalition to continue the recovery after the next vote.

Tánaiste Joan Burton is likely to face a backlash from some of her party colleagues over arranging a voting deal with their Coalition partners when they meet for the Labour 'think-in' next week.

Some Labour members said they would try to block the deal and called for it to be dropped. Philip Ryan

Irish Independent

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