Wednesday 21 March 2018

Fine Gael must not be allowed to lead alone, warns Burton

Joan Burton: single-party government would lack balance. Photo: Arthur Carron
Joan Burton: single-party government would lack balance. Photo: Arthur Carron
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

A government led solely by Fine Gael would "lack balance" and be a "disservice" to the public, Tánaiste Joan Burton has warned.

The Labour Party leader said there would be the risk that such a government would prioritise high earners over those on modest incomes.

In a similar strategy to the 2011 General Election campaign, Ms Burton warned of the dangers of electing a single-party government.

"I think it would lack balance in terms of emphasising that we want people to have work with decent pay and conditions, as opposed to simply looking after people at the top end of the income scale who are very well off," Ms Burton said, adding that such a scenario would be a "disservice" to the public.

Her remarks come after a Red C/Sunday Business Post opinion poll showed a rise in support for both parties. Fine Gael rose one point to 32pc, while Labour saw its support jump two points to 9pc. Sinn Féin is on 19pc, recording a one point gain, while Fianna Fáil saw its popularity fall by two points to 17pc. Independents are on 23pc.

Meanwhile, the Opposition last night criticised claims by Taoiseach Enda Kenny that he will slash income taxes across the board to bring Ireland into line with low-tax countries such as the US and Britain.

Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath described the pledge as an election "gimmick".

Irish Independent

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