Sunday 25 March 2018

Labour TD says he won't support another FG/Lab coalition if November election is called

Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke
Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

A Labour Party TD has said he will not support another FG/Lab coalition if Taoiseach Enda Kenny calls a November election.

Kerry deputy Arthur Spring today said the Coalition has been "built on trust" to date and that any decision to go to the polls early would cause that trust to evaporate.

Mr Spring told that he will ask his members in Kerry not to support another FG/Lab Coalition if an November election is called.

It comes as it emerged that former Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore told colleagues last night that he and Mr Kenny had struck an informal deal for the election to be held in April.

Mr Gilmore was replaced by Joan Burton as leader last year.

Speaking to this morning, Mr Spring said he could not support another FG/Labour Coalition if a "breach of trust" occurred.

He said that both Fine Gael and Labour have made progress in helping the ecoomy to recover, adding that the Coalition should remain intact until the Spring.

"If Fine Gael calls an early election, I will be recommending my members in Kerry to vote against forming second Fine Gael/Labour coalition," he said.

The move comes as deep unease spreads throughout Labour today about the prospect of an early poll.

Labour sources feel Mr Kenny has been "deeply unfair" to the party by failing to kill off speculation of a November election.

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