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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


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

This morning.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

Labour TD Joan Burton (with Senator Kevin Humphries) speaking to the media about a bill for a standing commission on tax PLUS an attempted burglary at her home last night (while she attended a community crime meeting).

Ms Burton said:

“The burglar, who appears to have been a woman, thought she was able to take out one of the panes of glass in our kitchen window and there wasn’t a scratch on it. So I have to say that shocked me more than anything else….”

Joan Burton’s house burgled as she attends community meeting on crime (Independent.ie)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

This afternoon.

Athy County Kildare.

Dr. Rhona Mahony, Master of the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street Dublin, giving the keynote address at the final day of the Labour Party Think-In.

Eamonn writes:

During her speech Dr. Mahony said spending money on healh eductaion would in the long term be more effective than spending money on the health system. Speaking to media afterwards she said she favoured repealing the 8th (Eight) Amendment as it was wrong to be sending women to England for terminations because of the lack of service in Ireland.

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Green Party, Sinn Féin and Labour Party members combine to support the Waste Reduction Bill 2017.

The bill aims to introduce a deposit refund scheme for glass and plastic bottles and a “complete ban on single-use non-recyclable plastics, such as coffee cups and plastic cutlery”.


Top from left: Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan, Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan, Deputy Leader Catherine Martin, Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley, Labour Party Leader Brendan Howlin and Labour colleagues Sean Sherlock TD, Senator Ged Nash and Jan O’Sullivan TD

Rare cross-party cooperation on new waste reduction Bill (Irish Times)



Ah here.

This afternoon.

Tánaiste and Leader of the Labour, Joan Burton arrives at the Glenview Hotel in County Wicklow, for the first day of the party’s Autumn Think-in greeted by local Labour TD Ann Ferris, crawling lickspittle chivalrous press officer Dermot O’Gara and unnamed photographer.

Nice Audi, in fairness.

(Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews.ie)



This afternoon.

The Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Fianna Fail leader Michaél Martin, Willie O’ Dea and Barry Cowan at the traditional ‘toupee check’ during the party’s Autumn think in.

(Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews)

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British Labour Party leadership candidate Jeremy Corbyn

The Conservatives are preparing to claim Jeremy Corbyn poses a threat to national security if he becomes Labour leader tomorrow.

David Cameron will signal the start of the onslaught today, with a warning that the finances of every family in Britain would be at risk from Mr Corbyn’s hard-left agenda.

Senior Tories are also planning to step up pressure on the 66-year-old socialist who has claimed he could not see the ‘point’ of RAF drone strikes against a British jihadi.


Privately, senior Conservatives concede that Mr Corbyn’s critique of spending cuts and call for renationalisation of industries including the railways have struck a chord with voters.


Corbyn poses threat to national security: As Cameron attacks socialist on economy, Tories plan to paint him as weak on terror (Mail Online)

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One of several promotional videos from the Labour Party currently circulating on social media.

On YouTube, the party writes:

“Things are getting better for Irish families. And as a result, we can now be a bit more positive about the future. The recovery is beginning to reach the kitchen table. We have a little bit more money at the end of the month to do the things we previously put on the long-finger.”

“Such as giving the house a lick of paint. Or getting that much needed extra room built. Or being able to bring the kids abroad for a holiday. Getting here has been tough. But Labour has brought us to this point. There is more work to do to make to make our communities the best possible place to live, work, and raise a family. You can help us do that.”

There you go now.

WATCH: ‘Upbeat’ video shows Tánaiste ‘completely out of touch’ (Irish Examiner)

Related: Soup kitchen network is providing 2,445 free meals each week (Irish Times)