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.”