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In his first address as leader of the party last night, Brendan Howlin criticised the minority Government and described it as "a sham".
Mr Howlin stressed workers rights, and the need for an additional capital investment in schools, hospitals and housing. He said that communities were being let down by a "do-nothing Government".
He accused Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Independents of showing no ambition and he also accused Minister for Transport Shane Ross of twiddling his thumbs during the Bus Éireann controversy.
The biggest applause of the night was when the Labour leader said his party would call for a repeal of the Eighth Amendment, not its replacement.