Labour TDs dismiss idea of joint campaign with Fine Gael

Negative reaction to Frank Flannery suggestion as Ministers reject unified platform

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of  a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

Labour has dismissed FG strategist Frank Flanney’s MacGill Summer School proposal of a joint campaign for the general election. Photograph: The Irish Times

 

Labour Party TDs have expressed strong opposition to a suggestion by a Fine Gael strategist that both Coalition parties contest the election on a joint platform.

The idea of Fine Gael and Labour campaigning together as a government offering stability was floated by Frank Flannery at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal, this week. “If the two parties fight the election using the traditional model they will lose a lot of that essential brand quality of security and wisdom and foresight,” he said. 

Arrangement

Minister of State for Justice Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said the party had tried the Mullingar Accord approach in 2007 and would not be returning to it now. “I certainly don’t think we will be campaigning against each other,” he said, but added that neither party would seek or wanted a joint manifesto.

“A programme for government is based on respective strength of the parties after the election and is not really doable before the election,” said Mr Ó Ríordáin, who will be standing in Dublin Bay North.

Mandate

Kevin Humphreys

“The Government has brought stability and we will be arguing that that can continue. We have our own issues, including the repeal of the Eighth Amendment, on focused job-creation and on protecting the most vulnerable in society,” said Mr Humphreys, who will be running in Dublin Bay South.

Galway West Labour TD Derek Nolan also said such an arrangement would be something that he would not favour.