Fine Gael-Labour marriage is working well - even if they won't renew vows just yet
Labour leader Joan Burton has ruled out any early election pact with Fine Gael, describing the coalition as "a marriage of arrangement which has worked well for both parties".
The Tánaiste was responding to remarks by former Fine Gael advisor Frank Flannery who called the relationship between the two parties "a bad marriage".
Speaking at the MacGill summer school in Donegal, the longtime political strategist said that the best chance for Fine Gael and Labour to return to power was to contest the election as a government rather than as two individual parties. He said that despite their regular alliances, the two parties "don't really like each other".