Statement from the Labour Party

The Labour Party received a letter from the leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael regarding our response to the Framework Document.

Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly said:

“I have received a response from the Leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. I will discuss it with my colleagues in the Parliamentary Party over the coming days.

“It is clear Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are now united on economic policy and have taken a position on taxation which is concerning to us, however I do welcome their commitment that the next Government would honour the existing public service pay deal. We will respond in more detail to the policy issues in the letter later in the week.

“I welcome the acknowledgement by the leaders, of our view on government formation. There are four parties with more TDs in the Dáil than the Labour Party, and any three of those can form a government with a majority

“Detailed negotiations are now underway on government formation between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party, and if successful would command a majority in the Dáil. We respect the mandate of the participants, and for now they should be given the space and time to reach a conclusion.”

ENDS

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