“I Mean, Are You Trying To Have It Both Ways?”


Last night.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin told RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson that Labour would not go into Government with Sinn Féin.

It followed reports that he said he would be “happy to sit down” with Sinn Féin and discuss working in government as part of an alliance of left-wing parties on Monday night.

Mr Howlin and Mr Dobson had this exchange:

Brendan Howlin: “From the Labour Party’s perspective, I’ve made it clear, we’ve real difficulties with Sinn Féin. Fundamental issues of trust and governments can’t be formed unless you have trust.

“So I was asked would we sit down with ehh…”

Bryan Dobson: “So what’s the answer to the question. Will you go into Government with Sinn Féin or not?”

Howlin: “I, I…I would not see the Labour Party being involved in any arrangement with Sinn Féin but if people want to, if they want to talk to us after the election, I said that we’d sit down, as a sort of a trade union official, and talk to everyone.”

Dobson: “But to no purpose, because you wouldn’t go into Government with them?”

Howlin: “Well it depends, I think…”

Dobson: “I mean, are you trying to have it both ways?”

Howlin: “No, no, no…absolutely not.”

Dobson: “Sounds like you are.”

Howlin: “Well there you are. I think that it’s very clear. I’ve made it crystal clear right now.”

Dobson: “I’m still not clear: would you go into Government with them or not?”

Howlin: “I said, from the Labour Party’s perspective, I would not. I don’t see any situation where that would arise.”

Right so.

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10 thoughts on ““I Mean, Are You Trying To Have It Both Ways?”

  1. Eoineyo

    Only the like minded right wing parties want Labour, Labour are not left wing they are not even Left of centre.

  2. scottser

    in fairness to dobson trying to get a straight answer out of any of them must be such a headwreck. i’d be pulling out their fingernails and hooking up their nipples to car batteries if i had his job.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      It normally takes a politician minutes to answer (evade) a question. So fair play to Dobson for insisting on an answer quickly.

  3. Dr.Fart

    why even ask him? they haven’t a snowballs chance in hell of getting into a position where this might happen. theyre at 4% or something. They’re completely irrelevant.

    1. Otis Blue

      They have, I think. Both FG and FF will happily accommodate the handful of Labour TD’s in the formation of a Government. Much more malleable and reliable than some of the Indo’s.

      Give Howlin a Cabinet seat and a half car for O’Riordain and they’re anyone’s.

  4. Daisy Chainsaw

    Howlin saying “I won’t” is just doublespeak for the party will get into bed with whoever offers them a chance to get back into power. Howlin can say he’s against it but will humbly defer to the majority.

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