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Last night.

Stockhole Lane, Clonshagh, Dublin Airport, County Dublin.

The two candidates who are contesting the election for a new Labour Party Leader – Alan Kelly TD (above left) and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD at the second of four hustings..

Ballot papers will be sent to Labour Party members on March 15 with an April 3 closing date.

FIGHT!

Previously: ‘Let’s Make Labour Sexy Again’

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Last night.

In the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel in Cork.

The Labour Party held the first of its four hustings in the leadership contest between Alan Kelly and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin.

During his speech, Mr Kelly said:

“Friends, if you elect me as the leader of this great party, a fantastic party, I will make the party relevant again.

“I will make it connect again and restore confidence in our members.”

During his speech, Mr Ó Ríordáin said:

“Politics is about what we do. But it’s also about how we make people feel. And if people feel that we have let them down, well then we have.

“And then we have to rebuild that trust and indeed to start again.”

‘Let’s make Labour sexy again’: Leadership hopefuls size each other up (Harry McGee, The Irish Times)

Labour’s Alan Kelly (centre) surrounded by supporters including his wife Regina O’Connor (front row, fifth from left), Labour’s Sean Sherlock and Duncan Smith (front row, ninth and tenth from left) and Jan O’Sullivan (front row, second from left)  and Willie Penrose (back row, third from right) on the plinth this morning

Or Teneo’s way?

They must decide.

This afternoon.

Labour’s Alan Kelly tweetz:

“I am delighted to announce that I have been nominated to stand for leader of Labour. A huge thank you to all those who have supported me and especially the people of Tipperary for giving me their confidence once again as, without them, I wouldn’t be in a position to be here today.”

Alan Kelly seeking to return Labour to ‘leadership of the left’ (The Irish Times)

‘Day of apologising is over’ for Labour, says Alan Kelly (Aidan Corkery, Business Post)

Related: Alan Kelly: ‘Power is a drug . . . it suits me’ (Niamh Horan, Sunday Independent, January 31, 2016)

Previously: High Again

Who’s The Boss?

UPDATE:

It’s on.

From top: John Wall, Minister for Health Simon Harris; Labour TD Alan Kelly speaking in Dáil last night

Last night.

In the Dáil.

Labour TD Alan Kelly raised the case of John Wall – in light of claims that medical cards will be provided for people who are terminally ill.

He said:

“On the provision of medical cards for people who are terminally ill, I see that the Minister for Health, Deputy Harris, has announced that he is doing something about the matter.

He said he had asked the HSE to deal with it.

I want to make a commitment to Mr John Wall who has fought for this measure for the last year and to whom I spoke earlier today.

I have got to know him quite well and admire him.

He is a man with a terminal illness and wants to know where the measure is budgeted for. It is either budgeted for or it is not.

It cannot just be a case of asking the HSE and it coming back in a few weeks to state it can do it.

The provision of medical cards for terminally ill patients is either covered by a budget line or it is not.

If it is, where is it covered?

A 24-month profile is probably what is needed because we have to have some way of dealing with the matter.

I want to see where provision is made and want to see the details.

Until I see them, it does not exist and I want it to. I want the Minister to show it to me.

I will congratulate him on the specific item if he does, but I cannot see it. I want it to be proved that provision has been made.”

Yesterday: Extended

Previously: Result

Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan; Lorraine Walsh

This lunchtime.

RTÉ’s health correspondent Fergal Bowers, on foot of a Freedom of Information request, is reporting on correspondence he has seen between the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health Dr Tony Holohan and CervicalCheck patient advocate Lorraine Walsh from March of this year.

Ms Walsh, from Galway, who was one of the women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal last year, cannot conceive due to having had cervical cancer.

She is also one of the Government’s appointees to the CervicalCheck steering group.

Mr Bowers has reported that Dr Holohan – who is co-chairperson of the CervicalCheck Group – wrote to Ms Walsh on March 13  of this year taking issue with comments she had made on social media, and to print media, about him.

He reported the letter said her claims about him were “baseless” and it warned her that if she repeated the claims in public, there would be a “very strong response”.

He also asked her to withdraw the claims.

Mr Bowers reported that the letter was also released to Labour TD and the party’s health spokesperson Alan Kelly, following a parliamentary question and separate FOI request by him.

On RTÉ’s News At One, Labour TD Alan Kelly told Mr Bowers:

 “I sought this information under parliamentary question in early July. The department refused to give it to me. I had to chase this for two months.

“I had to repeatedly go to the Ceann Comhairle and it was only after the Ceann Comhairle wrote to the minister that basically, telling him, that this was against the constitutional responsibilities of a minister, that we’d got to a point where this information was released to me.

“I had no faith that this information was going to be given to me so I had to put in a Freedom of Information request on top of my parliamentary question.

“TDs shouldn’t have to put in Freedom of Information requests because they believe that their parliamentary questions are not going to be answered.”

Mr Bowers told News At One that a spokesperson for the Minister for Health Simon Harris said Mr Harris was not aware of the letter in advance of it being sent from Mr Holohan to Ms Walsh.

Walsh warned over repeating CervicalCheck management criticisms (RTE)

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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

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.

Brendan Howlin attacked by Labour members over ‘lacklustre leadership’ (Jennifer Bray, Times Ireland edition)

Labour Party think-in: We are ‘going nowhere fast and doomed if we don’t change’ (Daniel McConnell, Irish Examiner)

Latest: Labour party are now united, says Brendan Howlin (Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner)

Pics: Labour and Sean Defoe

Labour TD Alan Kelly and Labour leader Brendan Howlin

“I think Brendan needs to consider what is best for the Labour Party into the future.”

“I certainly believe from a leadership point of view, after two-and-a-half years, we haven’t been able to turn the ship around. We haven’t even looked like we’re turning the ship around.”

We need a radical shake-up. We need to change the direction of the party. We need a different vision. We need far more energy.”

Yikes.

Comments made by Labour TD Alan Kelly during an interview with Fran Curry on Tipp FM this morning.

Labour needs ‘radical shake-up’: Kelly challenges Howlin’s leadership (Harry McGee, The Irish Times)

Tipp FM

Previously: Must. Have. Power

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UPDATE:

Martina Fitzgerald, of RTE, reports:

Mr Howlin said he was disappointed that Mr Kelly would make any comments that would seem like the party is divided when they need to work together. He said there is a collective leadership.

He also said that all the parliamentary party, which is made up of seven TDs and six senators, bar Mr Kelly support his leadership.

Mr Howlin said the majority of the party’s 50 councillors support him.

Howlin ‘disappointed’ by Kelly’s call for significant change (RTE)

Alan Kelly during the General Election 2016 count in Thurles, Tipperary

Would somebody please give him some power, for pity’s sake.

Seven councillors have now called on leader Brendan Howlin to resign and make way for another leader.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, a number of councillors have said Mr Kelly is what the party needs and restated the calls for Mr Howlin to make way….

Councillors call for Alan Kelly to become Labour leader (Irish Examiner)

Yesterday: Labour Can Work

Previously: ‘Power Is Like A Drug…It Suits Me

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From top: Alan Kelly and Tony O’Brien this afternoon

This morning/afternoon.

Public Accounts Committee

Labour TD Alan Kelly, vice-chair of the Public Accounts Committee, raised a memo sent to HSE chief Tony O’Brien in 2016

Mr O’Brien said that while he learned about the Vicky Phelan case on RTÉ News, he said he was told in the briefing note that a communications process was about to begin to notify patients with cancer about an audit of their smear tests.

“I was aware that an audit was carried out which was good practice. I was aware of a detailed plan to communicate the results of that audit,” he said.

….Mr O’Brien told the committee that he will strive to get a copy of the memo to the PAC today before the meeting concludes

More as we get it.

Wat live here

Memo over cervical audit did not ring alarm bells, says O’Brien (RTÉ)

Earlier: Unspeakable

Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and former Minister for Justice and current Tanaiste France Fitzgerald

This morning.

Further to questions remaining over what former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Department of Justice knew of the legal strategy which was employed against Sgt Maurice McCabe during the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation in 2015…

Because, readers will recall, the legal strategy of the then Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was outlined at the commission but later dropped after Sgt McCabe proved claims made by the legal counsel for Ms O’Sullivan, and claims outlined in a five-page letter by the Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon, now a High Court judge, were untrue…

And how nothing of this abandoned strategy was recorded in the commission’s final report…

And how the Secretary General of the Department of Justice Noel Waters announced he’s stepping down in February – within hours of the Dail hearing of reports of a phone call from Ms O’Sullivan’s office to Mr Waters on May 15, 2015 – the same day Sgt McCabe delivered his first blow to Ms O’Sullivan’s legal strategy…

Daniel McConnell, in the Irish Examiner, writes:

Dáil chairman, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail, is “considering” a fresh complaint from Labour TD Alan Kelly over information he sought over the treatment of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Mr Ó Fearghail yesterday received new correspondence from Mr Kelly and he is now taking the matter under consideration for adjudication, a spokeswoman for the Oireachtas said.

Alan Kelly in fresh Maurice McCabe complaint (Irish Examiner)

Previously: What Is Going On?

Absence Of Malice