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Thursday 14 December 2017

Gilmore says Burton ‘should be after his job’

Dismisses claims that relationship between the pair is poor

Eamon Gilmore and Joan Burton
Eamon Gilmore and Joan Burton

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has insisted Joan Burton should be after his job and dismissed suggestions of a split over the Labour leadership.

The social protection minister has been linked with an attempt to take over the leadership of the party for some time.

Mr Gilomore said he had a very good political and personal relationship with Ms Burton - despite recent reports their relationship was poor.

"We've a very good relationship," he said, adding that he felt everyone in the party should be aiming to be the party leader.

Mr Gilmore said there were differences from time to time between them  but that was normal. He said he did not expect there would be a leadership challenge against him.

Mr Gilmore said he did not believe there would be a wipeout of the Labour Party in the forthcoming local elections

He also admitted that the Government has not yet agreed on the Budget adjustment figure with just four weeks to go.

He said that his party still believed it should be less than the current €3.1bn target.

But he told RTE's Sean O'Rourke show that no final figure had been decided on yet and that discussions would continue until Budget day.

Mr Gilmore said there should be no extra cuts in public spending and new taxes just for the sake of doing it - if the Budget deficit target could be met with an adjustment of less than €3.1bn.

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