Enda Kenny heckled at final meeting with Joan Burton

Enda Kenny heckled at final meeting with Joan Burton

By Elaine Loughlin, political reporter

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was heckled by a passer-by in his final meeting with Tánaiste Joan Burton this morning.

Mr Kenny and Ms Burton shared a cup of tea together in Dublin’s Docklands area less than 24 hours before polls open across the country.

But just as Mr Kenny began speaking of what a “great privilege” it had been to work with the Labour party over the last five years a member of the public shouted “Enda ya rat”.

However, both the Taoiseach and Tánaiste said they had enjoyed a positive election campaign.

Mr Kenny said: “The passer-by is entitled to have their comment. I have been all over this country, we have had very few people heckling so...I don’t mind at all.”

He said both parties had a “very professional working relationship” while in government adding that he would like to see that continue.

Ms Burton agreed: “In terms of negotiations and decisions between myself and the Taoiseach there has been 100% respect and parity of esteem...

“Yes we come from different backgrounds, yes we come from different parties and from different life experiences but we have focused relentlessly on once common purpose of trying to restore the country and recovering the country,” she said.

Ms Burton said a small shift in voting patterns could see a return of the out-going coalition.

“I am asking people to think twice before they cast their ballot,” she said.

Ms Burton said a “very small shift in voting intentions in terms of both parties” would return what she described as a “stable government” that would provide more jobs, invest in more schools and develop a national primary care system.

Mr Kenny said he was now focused on continuing the coalition with Labour after tomorrow’s election and did not envisage going into government with Fianna Fáil.

“I have no intention of doing a deal with Michéal Martin. His party wrecked this economy after 14 years in power. We are now moving in the right direction after the government of fine Gael and Labour took on a very difficult mandate and we would hope to continue on with that,” he said.

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