Wednesday 13 December 2017

White angry at IMF's Burton comments

Joe Leogue

Q LABOUR Party leadership contender Alex White has reacted angrily to suggestions by the IMF that Joan Burton is heir apparent to the outgoing Eamon Gilmore.

The latest report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the Irish Economy referred to Burton as the "leading candidate" for the leadership position, a comment White lambasted as "inappropriate".

"I thought it was a bit gratuitous and extraordinary and not really part of the role I would associate with the IMF, to comment on the internal electoral process of a political party. I thought it was strange," he said.

The Junior Health Minister was in Cork as over 100 Munster-based grassroots Labour Party members turned out at the Rochestown Park Hotel last night for the latest round of the Party Leadership roadshow.

Speaking ahead of the hustings, Burton described the comments as "a surprise", but refused to be drawn on the apparent endorsement.

The latest hustings ahead of next month's vote for Labour leader and deputy leader saw heated exchanges as branch members let all the candidates know their displeasure with the crisis facing the party.

Irish Independent

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