Saturday 24 February 2018

'The sooner we've an election, the better'

Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore met yesterday with representatives of the regeneration areas of Moyross, Southill, St Mary's Park and
Ballinacurra Weston, at Kings Island Community Centre, Limerick
Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore met yesterday with representatives of the regeneration areas of Moyross, Southill, St Mary's Park and Ballinacurra Weston, at Kings Island Community Centre, Limerick

Barry Duggan

FIANNA Fail and the Green Party are more interested into clinging to power than facing the wrath of the electorate, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore claimed yesterday.

Speaking during a tour of Limerick, Mr Gilmore said former Defence Minister Willie O'Dea's resignation resulted from the Taoiseach's handling of the controversy, which landed his former minister "in the soup".

"I think his (Willie O'Dea's) problems were a lot closer to home than they were across the floor of the Dail. I think that he was let down. The handling of the whole issue by the Taoiseach in particular, effectively landed Willie O'Dea in the soup this week," Mr Gilmore said.

The Labour leader said he was on a scheduled trip to Limerick and was not in Mr O'Dea's constituency to capitalise on his Dail colleague's downfall.

The Labour leader visited some of the city suburbs earmarked for regeneration, spoke to former Dell workers and also met with head of the Mid-West Task Force, Denis Brosnan.

But his did not miss the opportunity to put the boot into the Government.

Mr Gilmore said the coalition was no longer working: "This Government is broken. The sooner we have an election and an opportunity for people to give their verdict the better," he said.

Irish Independent

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