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Mary Lou: Unlike Labour, we won't abandon 'most vulnerable' sections of society

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Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald

Mary Lou McDonald

SINN Fein will not take the same route as the Labour Party and abandon the “most vulnerable” sections of society, Mary Lou McDonald has said.

The Sinn Fein deputy leader today accused Labour of breaking fundamental promises made to the electorate upon entering coalition with Fine Gael.

And she point blankly rejected the prospect of entering Coalition with Fine Gael, whose leader, Taoiseach Enda Kenny, today pledged to introduce a series of new economic measures aimed at “making work pay”.

Speaking to reporters at her constituency office in Dublin, Ms McDonald said Sinn Fein is not interested in starting 2015 with a  “slagging match” with either government parties.

But she then launched a scathing attack on Labour, accusing Joan Burton’s party of abandoning hard-pressed families.

“There is no way Sinn Fein is going to be a repeat of the Labour Party, which promised lots of things, but most fundamentally promised to protect sections of society that were very vulnerable and then went into government and,  fairly brazenly,  just abandoned those promises and those sections of society,” Ms McDonald said.

Pressed on which political grouping she would be willing to enter coalition with after the next election, Ms McDonald ruled out Fine Gael and Fianna Fail.

She said she wants Sinn Fein to lead an “alternative government” made up of left with politicians.

But she admitted she does not know yet how such a Coalition could be formed.

Ms McDonald rejected suggestions that Sinn Fein is only interested in being in Opposition.

“If you are saying to me that we are a party of Opposition for the sake of Opposition, that’s not true, that’s just not true,” she added.

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