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State of the Nation: Can Joan Burton save the Labour Party?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

EACH WEEKDAY MORNING, TheJournal.ie brings you a comprehensive guide to what’s happening in the political world.

Everyone’s talking about… 

New Grangegorman Colleges Source: Sam Boal

Labour’s think-in is taking place in Wexford over the next two days with TDs and Senators discussing how to advance the party’s agenda in the forthcoming budget, or as TD John Lyons put it on Morning Ireland earlier, to demonstrate to supporters “that their vote for Labour last time was not in vain”.

A Red C poll at the weekend showed just a one per cent rise in support for Labour, hardly ‘The Burton Bounce’ that was evident in a B&A poll over the summer. It demonstrates that Tánaiste Joan Burton still has a lot of work to do to save her party from the type of result it got in the May elections.

What’s on the agenda today? 

What the others are saying? 

  • The pre-Budget leaks and kite-flying begins as the Irish Times reports on plans to for a ‘return-to-work dividend’ for parents. Joan Burton tells the paper it’s all about making work pay. (Page 1) 
  • The Irish Independent has a big investigation on the nearly €12 million in pay-offs to councillors who lost their seats in the local elections with all of the councillors who got payments listed on ages 12 and 13. 

Inside the Fine Gael think-in… 

Much of what happened at the FG gathering in Fota Island last week revolved around Leo Varadkar and his apparent ‘scolding’ from Enda Kenny. Unperturbed, the Health Minister was in good spirits at the social gathering on Thursday evening. He was holding court until the small hours at the picturesque resort and even joined in the sing-song with a distinctly average (Soz, Leo) rendition of Tender by Blur which involved reading the lyrics off his phone.

Day Two of the Fine Gael Think-In. Taoi "Is it Oasis or Blur for you then, Enda?" Source: Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland

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