Taoiseach defends under-pressure Gilmore

The Taoiseach has defended Labour leader Eamon Gilmore after the party endured a drubbing in the local elections.

With almost half of the 949 seats on local authorities filled, Labour at present have secured just 21.

Speaking last night, Enda Kenny said the Tánaiste is a fundamental part of government.

"The Tánaiste and I have a very strong working relationship, he's the leader of his party, he's a fundamental part of Government," he said.

"He stepped up to the mark in making very difficult decisions about our country.

"We took this over, given a mandate by the people, and it's our intention to fulfil that mandate - and they will judge us in two years' time on that."

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