No ego Gilmore plays down promises

LABOUR Party leader Eamon Gilmore balanced pledges in many different directions during his visit to Portlaoise last week, with an insistence that promises and ego were not on his agenda.

LABOUR Party leader Eamon Gilmore balanced pledges in many different directions during his visit to Portlaoise last week, with an insistence that promises and ego were not on his agenda.

Civil servants, farmers, mortgage holders and local business all got a mention during his visit to the Laois Offaly constituency last Friday.

The leader braved bad weather with his candidate John Whelan to meet locals, albeit the few that were around on a quiet afternoon in Laois’s county town.

Speaking to reporters, Mr Gilmore was not expecting clashes with Enda Kenny if the two men are in Government because “neither of us are big on ego.”

However, he was making pledges during his visit - the first in relation to mortgages.

“The Labour Party’s proposal in relation to the mortgage problem was to focus on repossession. We have for some time argued that nobody should be allowed to lose their home during this recession,” he said, adding that rent allowances and mortgage relief could be reharnessed to stop people from losing their homes.