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April 21, 2017, 9:16 a.m.
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Siptu president Jack O’Connor says his aim as Labour Party chairman will be to encourage people who left the party to come back and help rebuild it.
Mr O’Connor is standing unopposed for the position of chairman of the Labour Party at its conference in Wexford on Friday.
It is time for people to “stand up and say where they stand” he told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland. Mr O’Connor said he thinks he can bring something to the role of chair given his experience in the trade union movement. When asked if he would support a future coalition with Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, he said that as democratic socialists Labour would have to speak “to the people closest to us”.
The aim would be to “set out red lines” such as rebuilding public services. “That will entail making difficult decisions. It means there will be no room for populist tax cuts. It means ensuring that the minimum wages equals the living wage.
“We should be prepared to deal with anyone prepared to meet those red lines. We are open to an arrangement which might entail a coalition or supporting a minority government on the basis of agreed policy. If the parties are prepared to agree to those clear red lines.”
However, he said it was not necessary to go into government to have policies implemented.
“It is important that social democrats stick together, but only on the basis of the minimum red lines.”
Asked if he would consider running for the Dáil he said he was not thinking that way and that there were some who would not welcome his arrival if he were to run.
“My job is to encourage people to come back and to rebuild the party.”

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