Get ready, because we'll have an election within 12 months, Howlin tells councillors

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Get ready, because we'll have an election within 12 months, Howlin tells councillors

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin | Image: Photocall

The new leader of the Labour Party says he expects the country to go back to the polls within the next 12 months.

Brendan Howlin was speaking after meeting party councillors for the first time since he was elected.

Sitting and former public representatives have been meeting in Dublin today to discuss the party's future following the general election result.

Deputy Howlin says the new Government won't last.
"We have to have a Government that is agile enough, has the capacity, the trust, both of the Parliament and the people, to respond to crises like that.

"We don't have that now. So, I think we'll have a General Election in the next 12 months, that'd be my view, and we are prepared for that."