Party have welcomed the latest Irish Times / MRBI poll published last weekend which shows a significant swing to the left,
most of it going to the Labour Party.
on the poll results, Workers Party President Mick Finnegan said: "The poll presents the Labour Party with a unique opportunity
but it is an opportunity that won’t be repeated if Labour fails to deliver on what it promises".
clear" said Mr. Finnegan "that there is a deep yearning among the Irish people for change. The continuing collapse of support
for Fianna Fáil shows that the present government has lost its mandate to continue in power The refusal of the electorate
to transfer their support to Fine Gael shows that for the first time in three generations there is a chance to bury Civil
War politics and create a genuine left-right alignment in Ireland.. However what the country does not need is the type of
Blair-Brown New Labour politics which Britain has just rejected after 13 years of disappointment, failure and outright
problem for Labour is that it is not at all clear what they are offering but that anything seems acceptable instead of Fianna
Fáil. Once in power in either a Labour or Fine Gael led coalition the novelty of a Gilmore government will
soon abate. The question for Labour is whether they will continue with a variation of the policies of the
outgoing government involving cuts in pay and public spending, shoring up banks and other private institutions or whether
they will institute the type of revolutionary changes that their claim to represent an alternative suggests”.
under Gilmore are prepared to walk away from the poisoned embrace of Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil they now have the chance to
build a Labour-led Left coalition with a genuine chance of forming the next government. We ask Eamon Gilmore to commit to
such a policy which will electrify political debate in this country, solidify his own base, mobilise the trade union movement
in his support, and guarantee support from the many smaller genuine left parties as well as a vast array of community groups
and civic society organisations. If Gilmore is not prepared to commit to such a policy then, no matter how he wraps it in
media spin, he is selling the same failed policy of Norton, Corish and O'Leary".