Vote transfer pact best for Ireland, Howlin
miNISTER Brendan Howlin says a vote transfer pact between Fine Gael and Labour is the 'best way' for the government parties to secure re-election.
He says, however, that Labour will outline its own distinctive policies, such as repealing the eighth amendment providing for the equal right to life of the mother and the unborn.
Fine Gael TDs are likely to be consulted on the pact, but not given a vote, party sources said. However, the pact is not expected to be discussed at Fine Gael's think-in, which takes place later this week.
The Minister, writing in the Irish Times, says only the government parties could provide stability. 'Ireland needs this government returned to office.. the best way to deliver that is a voting pact at the next election between Labour and Fine Gael, with each party asking its supporters to transfer to the other.'