Wednesday 13 December 2017

Burton will need all of her skills to bail out Labour's sinking ship in elections

Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton
Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton
John Downing

John Downing

IT'S no big surprise that Joan Burton rejects suggestions that being appointed campaign director for upcoming local and European elections is "a poisoned chalice".

Around Leinster House, devotees of the conspiracy school of politics like the prospect of the Labour deputy leader being given this impossible task by her boss, Eamon Gilmore, to take some of the would-be 'future leader gloss' off her.

As we sit and talk about Labour's election prospects she does not take long to dismiss such speculation. But she does candidly acknowledge that there is a very difficult campaign ahead of voting on May 23 next.

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