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This afternoon.

Irishtown Community Centre.

Former Labour Party leaders Alan Kelly (left) and Brendan Howlin (right) at a gathering to celebrate the appointment of Ivana Bacik as the party’s new leader.


This afternoon.

Irishtown Community Centre, Dublin.

Ivana Bacik is confirmed as Labour Party leader saying Ireland urgently needs justice, equality, freedom a pay rise“.

To the barricades.


This afternoon..

From top: Alan Kelly congratulates Ivana Bacik along with her mother Rina Bacik at Irishtown Comminity Centre following her unopposed election as Labour Party leader.

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This afternoon.

Dail Eireann.

Alan Duncan, Labour TD and potential party leadership candidate, flexes his Russiaphobia shares his concern about Russians working at the embassy when we have ‘no strong trade or cultural links’ with Russia.


*plays 1812 Overture at low volume*

Alan Kelly resigns as Labour Party leader last night

This morning.

Further to last night’s surprise resignation of Alan Kelly as leader of the Labour Party.

Via Irish Times:

Kelly’s two-year term as leader of the party was brought to an abrupt end on Tuesday, when a delegation of three members visited him to deliver a blunt message: your time is up.

The knife was ultimately twisted by three members of the parliamentary party seen as particularly close to him: Dublin Fingal TD Duncan Smith, who Kelly made director of elections for the successful Dublin Bay South byelection, and the party’s health spokesman; Cork East TD Seán Sherlock, who backed him for the leadership over Aodhán Ó Ríordáin in 2020; and Senator Mark Wall, a staunch backer of Kelly through and through.

but the immediate trigger, sources said, was unhappiness among members over the manner of an appointment made to a backroom position within the party.

Sources said the decision was made to approach Kelly on Monday, and deliver the verdict of his colleagues to him. However, it wasn’t until Tuesday that Smith, Wall and Sherlock went to him.




Above from left: Duncan Smith, Ivana Bacik, Ged Nash, Alan Kelly and Aodhan O Riordan in Buswells, Dublin, for the launch of Labour’s Alternative Budget in January

This afternoon.

Paddy Power odds on the next Labour leader:

Ivana Bacik. 1/10

Ged Nash 9/1

Duncan Smith 10/1

Sean Sherlock. 16/1

Aodhan O Riordain. 20/1

Brendan Howlin. 20/1

Kelly lost the support of party colleagues (Jack Horgan Jones, irish Times)


Last night: The Power Wears Off


Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Leader of the CCP Labour Party Alan Kelly speaking to delegates at the Mansion House where the party’s annual conference was held over the weekend.

Mr Kelly told the assembled:

“Some parties in the current government think they have a right to always govern. While others in opposition go around arrogantly acting like their ascension to high office next time is just inevitable”.

Labour leader Alan Kelly criticises ‘arrogance’ of Sinn Féin in his first major speech as party leader (Independent.ie)

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Saturday afternoon.

Outside the Labour Party conference.


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This afternoon.

Buswell’s Hotel, Dublin 2

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly (left) and TD Ged Nash at the launch of Labour’s Alternative Budget 2022.


The Labour Party leader Alan Kelly has suggested the rental platform Airbnb needs regulation – but only in urban areas.

Mr Kelly, whose constituency is Tipperary, has a property which is rented out in a rural area.

He told Pat Kenny this is used as a connection for his family.

My wife is from down there, so it’s a connection down there for her and her family.

“I’ve an issue with Airbnb in urban areas as opposed to rural areas – particularly in areas… where that house is, it’s a very small population area.”

High on power, that lad.

Alan Kelly On The Future Of The Labour Party (Newstalk)


Above from left: Labour Senator Marie Sherlock; Labour Education spokesperson Aodhán O Riordain; Ivana Bacik; her Director of Elections Duncan Smith TD, Labour Senator Rebecca Moynihan, and Labour Party Leader Alan Kelly

This morning.

Grand Canal, Dublin 2.

Cycling Senator Ivana Bacik and Labour Party colleagues celebrate her announcement as the party’s candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election.

Not her first rodeo.





A photo obtained by The Irish Independent shows the Labour Party boss unmasked on the Luas

This morning.

Via Irish Independent:

Labour leader Alan Kelly has apologised after the emergence of a picture of him not wearing a face mask while travelling on the Luas.

Independent.ie has obtained a picture of the Tipperary TD travelling on the Luas Green Line on Tuesday night. Mr Kelly is seen in the picture not wearing a face mask or covering.

The Labour leader apologised on Wednesday morning and said he was distracted while watching Manchester United’s Champions League encounter against RB Leipzig.

…The Tipperary TD has been to the forefront of campaigning on various issues around Covid-19 and in recent weeks has been challenging the Government on its plans to roll out a vaccine, including calling for a Vaccine Minister.

‘I was distracted watching Man United’ – Labour leader Alan Kelly apologises for not wearing mask on public transport (Independent.ie)

From left, at top: Senator Marie Sherlock, Spokesperson on Finance Ged Nash TD, Senator Rebecca Moynihan, and Party Leader Alan Kelly

This afternoon.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

The Labour Party launches its alternative Budget 2021. Which includes:

ObairGhearr, a short term working scheme would save jobs, provide training and restore the link to incomes.

Tax increases targeted at wealth and assets, and the ending of wasteful tax breaks would raise €1.8bn to fight the pandemic, improve services and create jobs.

Overall Labour commits to a stimulus of nearly €5bn, and a further €6.4bn Covid-19 contingency.

Social Contract would protect workers, families and communities (Labour)

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At ease.

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health David Cullinane (above) launches the Sinn Fein Alternative Budget Proposals for Health joined by Thomas Gould TD (second right); spokesperson on Mental Health Mark Ward TD (right); and spokesperson on Climate Justice, Senator Lynn Boylan (left).

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Only a judge (actually three) can decide.

This afternoon.

The High Court, Dublin.

Labour senator Ivana Bacik (above and top) – representing a group of ten senators who are taking action to find out if the  Seanad can sit  without the next taoiseach’s nominees – arrives for a specially convened hearing.

The State argues it cannot sit until all 60 members are appointed.

Via RTÉ:

The outcome of the case will be significant if a government is not formed this weekend as legislation for terrorist and gangland crime – including the operation of the Special Criminal Court – needs to be renewed by next Monday or it will lapse.

The case is being heard by three judges of the High Court, including the President of the court Ms Justice Mary Irvine.

More as we get it.

High Court action over whether Seanad can meet and legislate (RTÉ)


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.


Previously: ‘Let’s Make Labour Sexy Again’

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