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Labour rebels oppose Burton's pact with FG

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Published 07/09/2015 | 02:30

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Tánaiste Joan Burton's plan to sign up to a general election pact with Fine Gael is being opposed by rebels within the Labour Party.

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And a Labour backbencher has linked the pact to "calculations of how particular ministers can try and salvage their seats".

Labour figures believe Ms Burton will have "no option" but to resign as leader if the transfer agreement fails to save the party from electoral meltdown.

After consulting senior party colleagues, including deputy leader and Environment Minister Alan Kelly and Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin, Ms Burton has confirmed that she will seek support for a pact at the party's think-in next week.

Ms Burton will tell her TDs the party will adopt a unique and independent manifesto.

But Labour's Dublin Bay North branch is set to follow the example of its Fingal branch by calling for the party not to enter into a pre-election pact with Fine Gael.

And Labour Meath East TD Dominic Hannigan last night warned that the latest pact proposal will be strongly resisted by the Labour grassroots.

"Our members don't want a pact, our voters don't want a pact and that should come before individual calculations of how particular ministers can try and salvage their seats," he told the Irish Independent.

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