Thursday 24 January 2019

Labour Party could have General Election manifesto ready within days - Joan Burton

Tánaiste Joan Burton
Tánaiste Joan Burton

Niall O’Connor

THE Labour Party could have its General Election manifesto ready within days, according to Tánaiste Joan Burton.

In an indication that the party is prepared for the prospect of an early election, senior Labour figures today said their manifesto is near completion.

Speaking at the party’s annual think-in in Wicklow, Ms Burton said the date for the election is a matter for the Taoiseach.

"I have said I want the Government to see out its mandate and to see out its full mandate,” she told reporters.

"The date is primarily for the choice of the Taoiseach. My view is that we took on a very big job of work when we agreed to take over practically the ruins of a modern economy when we took office.

"We should stay the course and finish the job as much as we can and then go to the people,” she added.

Ms Burton said she wants to see the Universal Social Charge phased out for low-middle earners over a number of years. And the Labour leader said she intends to use the upcoming budget to benefit elderly people through restoring the Christmas bonus.

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