From top: Members of the Labour party at its think-in at the D Hotel in Drogheda, Co Louth; a number of political correspondents outside a meeting of the party yesterday
At the Labour party think-in in Drogheda, Co Louth.
A number of political correspondents listened through a door while a private meeting of Labour party members was under way.
Further to this…
Jennifer Bray, in Times Ireland edition, reports:
Brendan Howlin was excoriated by disgruntled members at a private meeting during the Labour Party’s think-in yesterday.
Mr Howlin faced a sustained onslaught about his leadership and was told that the public was “indifferent” to him and that the manner in which he was elected leader was “disgraceful”.
During a sometimes raucous meeting, councillors also vented their frustration about “disenfranchised” voters and the direction of the party.
Alan Kelly, the Labour TD for Tipperary, attacked his party, saying that the performance of the parliamentary group was “not good enough”.
Members should be encouraged to break ranks to air their grievances, he said, while representatives in the Dáil needed to be in the media more often.
Meanwhile, this morning.
Elaine Loughlin, in the Irish Examiner, reports:
A lengthy and at times heated debate on the Labour party leadership ended with members hugging each other, Brendan Howlin has revealed.
Mr Howlin has said the issue of leadership of the Labour party has been put to bed until after the next General Election.