Sunday 25 February 2018

Forget garda tapes, elections will be won or lost on economic issues

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore
Joan Burton has a point when she says that the Labour Party could benefit if the party leader left his Foreign Affairs job
Minister for Justice and Equality, Alan Shatter TD
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has been wasting his time on Alan Shatter
Michael McGrath has been making a strong case against the growing tax burden
Health Minister James Reilly's new Universal Health Insurance plans may result in even more charges for a hard-pressed public. Photo: Collins
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

Joan Burton is not a minister shy of giving her opinion but she has a point when she says that the Labour Party could benefit if the party leader left his Foreign Affairs job and assumed a ministry in domestic and economic matters.

As it is, Eamon Gilmore is absolutely immersed in such matters, and sits on the all-powerful Economic Management Council of the Cabinet, but the public don't see that and his foreign ministry job still requires him to travel to the likes of Azerbaijan and Tunisia, where the rates of the Universal Service Charge are not high on the agenda.

Putting Gilmore back at the centre of domestic politics would place him at the heart of Government just when the economy is recovering. It certainly can't hurt – Labour is at 9pc in the polls and facing a drubbing in the local and euro elections.

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