She was speaking at an event to honour James Connolly
Joan Burton said the Labour Party's biggest battle of political and economic ideas over the past five years has been with their coalition partners Fine Gael, not the opposition.
The Tánaiste says the Labour Party is the only coalition partner that could ensure a fair economic recovery.
However, Thursday's Red C poll, commissioned by Paddy Power, shows Labour support at 9% and Fine Gael stand at 28%, making a coalition between the two an unlikely prospect without the addition of another party.
The Labour leader today addressed members at an event in honour of James Connolly at Dublin's Liberty Hall.
Joan Burton said the Labour Party has worked to make the economic recovery real for as many people as possible: