Brendan Howlin: Ireland needs this Government returned to office

Brendan Howlin: Ireland needs this Government returned to office

A Labour minister says a vote transfer deal between his party and Fine Gael would be the best way to see the current coalition returned to power after the General Election.

However, Brendan Howlin has told the Irish Times today that his party would still put forward its own distinctive policies to convince voters to give them their support.

He believes those policies would include the proposed repealing of the eighth amendment providing for the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn.

Mr Howlin said: "Ireland needs this Government returned to office.

"The best way to deliver that is a voting pact at the next election between Labour and Fine Gael, with each party asking its supporters to transfer to the other."

The Labour leader Joan Burton is reportedly going to look for support among the parliamentary party for a voting pact when they get together next week.

Former Fine Gael Strategist Frank Flannery says it might make sense for both parties.

"And what the parties can now do is show what now is possible as a result of the achievements of the last five years," he said.

"And if they do it together, they will be more convincing I think to the public.

"And there is nothing wrong at all with telling people before the election what it is you're going to do, rather than leaving to after the election when you sit down and do a Programme for Government," he added.


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