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'It's not a good poll': Howlin reacts to Labour's 25-year low

“There’s no point in saying anything else,” the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister admitted this morning.

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LABOUR PARTY MINISTER Brendan Howlin has admitted that this morning’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll showing a 25-year low for the junior coalition party is not good.

The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister told reporters in Dublin city centre this morning that he was surprised at the 6 per cent rating for the party given other polls had shown Labour’s support rising slightly in recent weeks.

But he said that the party would continue to put the country “before any self-interest” and said he believes ultimately people will recognise that at the next general election in 2016.

“We’ve known that we’re on a journey to recover this economy,” he said.  ”It’s a difficult journey and until we see that recovery putting money back into people’s pockets… I don’t think we’ll see a significant rise for us.”

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