Labour: prepare for another general election

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton sends email to party faithful

Labour Party, leadership, Joan Burton, Alan Kelly, nomination, Michael McNamara

Joan Burton and Alan Kelly do a walk about together at the 2015 Labour Party Think-in | Image: RollingNews.ie

The Tánaiste has told Labour members she is preparing the party for a second general election.

Joan Burton says the party's general secretary has been contacting candidates to make preparations - and says Labour is ready if a second election occurs.

In an email to Labour members this evening, Deputy Burton also said other parties 'got the mandate to govern' - indicating she does not plan to return to power.

She said she would meanwhlie focus on building a 'progressive alliance' in the Dail, alongside the Greens and the Social Democrats.