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Monday 19 March 2018

Tanaiste dismisses latest poll results suggesting Labour wipe-out

Eamon Gilmore Photo: Joe Travers.
Eamon Gilmore Photo: Joe Travers.
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has dismissed a recent run of opinion polls which suggest the Labour is set to be obliterated in the forthcoming elections.

Mr Gilmore pointed to polls showing Labour MEP Emer Costello could retain her seat before dismissing survey results which suggested the party could be wiped out in the local elections.

Mr Gilmore refused to be drawn on suggestions it would be a failure on his part if the party returned just seven per cent of council seats as polls suggest.

When asked if he would consider his position if the election went as bad as predicted, Mr Gilmore said: “I think we know from our own experience polls don’t predict elections.”

“I remember standing answering questions the weekend before presidential election and the out come of the election was very different,” he added.

“What we do know at this stage is that a large number of people at this stage have to make up their minds.”

Mr Gilmore earlier claimed polls showed both Emer Costello and Lorraine Higgins could possibly secure European Parliament seats.

The Labour Party leader said the last seat in Dublin was a “straightforward fight” between Ms Costello and Fianna Fail candidate Mary Fitzpatrick.

“The choice (is) between voting for the party that got us into the crisis Fianna Fail or voting for Emer Costello who represents the party that is getting us out of the crisis.” he said.

He again seemed to wilfully forget former Labour Party member Nessa Childers is also in contention.

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