Friday 19 January 2018

Gilmore: ‘Labour on right track’ despite losing huge support

Eamon Gilmore
Eamon Gilmore
Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore is set to tell Labour TDs that his party is on the "right track", despite its current low rating in the opinion polls.

He will be delivering a speech this afternoon at Labour's think in event in Enfield in Meath, just three weeks ahead of the Budget.

Mr Gilmore is set to tell TDs that the economy is starting to improve again - and that "Labour's Way" is working. But the latest Sunday Business Post/Red C opinion polls shows Labour at 10pc - almost half the 19pc support it got in the 2011 general election.

Earlier, Mr Gilmore defended his Government's record on RTE's Morning Ireland. And he shrugged off questions about how Fianna Fáil now had more than double Labour's level of support in the opinion polls just two-and-a-half years since their general election meltdown.

"I don't think people at the next election will reward the party that caused the crisis and punish the party that solved it," he said.

Labour is going to focus on preparations for next year's local and European elections in the afternoon session, with the party's strategy being outlined behind closed doors by its national organiser Brian McDowell.

And there will be a party discussion about jobs, featuring contributions from pharmaceutical companies, business start up trainers and wind farm operators.

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