Irish union calls for Labour Sinn Fein coalition
One of the Republic's biggest trade unions last night urged the Irish Labour Party to reject a coalition with Fine Gael in favour of a left-wing government.
Unite, which is affiliated with the Labour Party, called on its 60,000 members to vote for and transfer to leftist parties in the forthcoming Irish General Election.
Jimmy Kelly, the union's regional secretary, suggested Labour and Sinn Fein could form the State's first left-wing government along with support from Independents.
Last week, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore rejected advances from Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on an alliance.
But Mr Kelly said although there would be competition between left-wing parties, they had more in common with each other than they had with either Fine Gael or Fianna Fail.