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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Labour not interested in coalition government with FF, says Burton

TANAISTE Joan Burton has ridiculed Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin after he dismissed the prospect of the two parties forming a government after the next general election.

Talks of future coalitions have intensified following the annual parliamentary party think-ins that have been held ahead of today's return of the Dail.

Mr Martin dismissed the prospect of entering coalition with any of the mainstream political parties, including Labour, while also revealing his plans to be Taoiseach.

The Cork TD said it is "natural" for him to have aspirations to lead the country.

But the former minister says he will not lead his party into a coalition with either Fine Gael and Sinn Fein.

CONCERNS

He suggested Labour will not have enough seats to figure in a coalition.

"I don't know where the Labour Party will be after the next election, genuinely, I have concerns about that," he said.

In response Ms Burton also dismissed the idea of entering a coalition with Fianna Fáil.

"Given that we've been kind of dealing with Fianna Fail's legacy of the horrors that the country fell into in their last number of years in office I'm not sure that we'd be rushing to that position," she said.

Ms Burton said no decisions have been taken on tax cuts in the Budget. "There is room for some relief," the Tanaiste said.

Ms Burton said tax relief would be "targeted at those on middle and low income".

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