Sunday 23 October 2016

Labour formally ratifies transfer pact with Fine Gael

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 14/09/2015 | 17:29

Brendan Howlin
Brendan Howlin

The Labour Parliamentary Party has formally ratified a transfer pact with Fine Gael.

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But senior party figures were forced into giving assurances that the deal will not be mentioned on posters or in election literature.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin presented the case for agreeing a pact at the party's afternoon session at the think-in in Wicklow.

Labour TD and former minister Pat Rabbitte told the meeting that failure to agree a pact would send out a message that the party is not proud of its record in Government.

Dublin Central TD Joe Costello was the only deputy who expressed concern at the meeting.

The party leadership gave an assurance that no reference of the pact will be included on party literature or posters.

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