Friday 15 December 2017

Labour furious as Taoiseach refuses to close door on Fianna Fáil coalition

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Tanaiste Joan Burton TD. Photo: Collins
Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD & Tanaiste Joan Burton TD. Photo: Collins
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

The Labour Party is raging at Taoiseach Enda Kenny for leaving the door open to a Fianna Fáil coalition.

Mr Kenny repeatedly failed to rule out leading his party into government with Fianna Fáil yesterday.

His junior coalition partners want him to clarify his position,  understands

Tanaiste Joan Burton has planned to attack Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin on his lack of a credible alternative government, and describe his options as a "con job".

Read More: Kenny opens door to'grand coalition' with Fianna Fáil

But Mr Kenny has given Mr Martin a lifeline by keeping Fianna Fáil in the picture.

The issue is expected to overshadow Ms Burton's manifesto launch this morning.

Labour want Fine Gael to clean up the matter and rule out Fianna Fáil definitively.

"We have told them they need to close it down this morning," a senior party source told

"The FG-FF narrative is absolutely deadly for FG who are competing with FF for every vote."

The party leaders will also be on the RTE election debate tonight.

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