This afternoon.

Iveagh Garden Hotel, Dublin.

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin launches his party’s Generel Election 2020 manifesto.

Asked about entering government with Sinn Fein, Mr Howlin said:

“There’s two phases in that. I think one of the mistakes all of us in the left made in the past is we were picked off, attacking each other.

The Greens went into government with Fianna Fáil and they were demolished. We went into government and we were demolished.

We need to have an alliance of progressive thinkers who could set out a platform of investment to solve this crisis. Once we have that, I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin.”

“I’m happy to sit down with Sinn Féin but the caveat I’ve entertered and I entered this on every occasion, is there is a fundamental issue of trust. Now I have served in government and it collapsed on the basis of trust, government, between different parties, only can survive on the basis of trusting one another.”


Brendan Howlin Would Consider Working In Government With Sinn Fein (Irish Examiner)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

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10 thoughts on “Trust Issues

  1. class wario

    didn’t Labour systemically purge it’s most prominent ‘progressive’ members decades ago?

  2. Gearóid

    He’s not actually saying anything here – nothing about why there is no trust of SF, or how SF can earn that trust.

    But I expect Alan ‘power is a drug’ Kelly will come out with an interview where he expresses his opposition to this.

  3. Joe

    Voters trusted Liebour previously when they went into coalition with Fine Gael and instead of protecting their electorate they urinated upon them, Liebour choose all of the easy decisions in government and targeted ordinary decent tax payers, the poor and the most vulnerable, even disabled social welfare citizens for horrendous cuts. They truly plummeted the pits when they had Joan Burton as Minister for Social Destruction making photo opportunities of opening foodbanks. Liebour were correctly rewarded in the following election by being decimated, about time they are buried from politics!

    1. Qwerty123

      Its Libor, the London Interbank Offer rate, and yes, that will no longer exist due to scandal in rate fixing.

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