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Above from left: Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Peter Kyle MP, Labour Leader Ivana Bacik, and Leader of the UK Labour Party Keir Starmer walk beside St. Stephen’s Green, during Mr Starmer’s visit to Ireland

This afternoon.

Dublin 2.

UK Labour Party Leader Sir Kier Starmer, joined by shadow Northern Ireland secretary Peter Kyle, visited Irish Labour Party TDs, including leader Ivana Bacik.

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Last night.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar greets Labour’s Ivana Bacik and party leader Alan Kelly following Labour’s victory in the Dublin Bay South by-election.


This evening.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Labour Senator and Dublin Bay South by-election candidate Ivana Bacik (top right) with her party leader Alan Kelly (top left). Ms Bacik is favourite to take the seat left vacant by Fine Gael’s Eoghan Murphy.


This afternoon.

With 100% of the boxes tallied, the indications are that Ms Bacik is on 30% ahead of Fine Gael’s James Geoghegan on 26%, with Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin on nearly 16%.

Tallies, which are not official counts and come with a strong health warning, suggest that Claire Byrne of the Green Party is on just under 8%, with Fianna Fáil’s Deirdre Conroy under 5% and Independent Mannix Flynn on 3%.

Bacik on course to top the poll in Dublin Bay South (RTÉ)

Earlier: Meanwhile, In The RDS


This afternoon.

RDS count centre, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Sinn Fein candidate Lynn Boylan (right) with party president Mary Lou McDonald and constituency neighbouring TD Chris Andrews.


This morning.

Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.

Labour candidate for the Dublin Bay South by-election Senator Ivana Bacik lodged her nomination papers with the Dublin City Returning Officer, joined by former Labour TD for the area, Ruairi Quinn, who, as Minister for Education, abolished student loans, removed Catholic patronage of schools, replaced the hated Leaving Cert, did stuff.

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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?


It’s on.

Brendan Howlin (centre) with colleagues following the announcement of his resignation as Labour Party leader this evening



Labour’s Brendan Howlin to resign as party leader (Newstalk)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews




Last night.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin told RTÉ’s Bryan Dobson that Labour would not go into Government with Sinn Féin.

It followed reports that he said he would be “happy to sit down” with Sinn Féin and discuss working in government as part of an alliance of left-wing parties on Monday night.

Mr Howlin and Mr Dobson had this exchange:

Brendan Howlin: “From the Labour Party’s perspective, I’ve made it clear, we’ve real difficulties with Sinn Féin. Fundamental issues of trust and governments can’t be formed unless you have trust.

“So I was asked would we sit down with ehh…”

Bryan Dobson: “So what’s the answer to the question. Will you go into Government with Sinn Féin or not?”

Howlin: “I, I…I would not see the Labour Party being involved in any arrangement with Sinn Féin but if people want to, if they want to talk to us after the election, I said that we’d sit down, as a sort of a trade union official, and talk to everyone.”

Dobson: “But to no purpose, because you wouldn’t go into Government with them?”

Howlin: “Well it depends, I think…”

Dobson: “I mean, are you trying to have it both ways?”

Howlin: “No, no, no…absolutely not.”

Dobson: “Sounds like you are.”

Howlin: “Well there you are. I think that it’s very clear. I’ve made it crystal clear right now.”

Dobson: “I’m still not clear: would you go into Government with them or not?”

Howlin: “I said, from the Labour Party’s perspective, I would not. I don’t see any situation where that would arise.”

Right so.

Previously: How Was It For You?



Morgen Scheißekopf writez:

“A Labour election poster I took on the Howth Road in Raheny on Saturday.

Notice the strategically protruding cable tie ends, one at animal eye height, one at child eye height and one at adult eye height.

“I contacted the candidate’s election team over a week ago and they promised to deal with it immediately. However Labour have a track record of not delivering election promises…”


“A majority of Thatcherite proportions”


Hard Exit polls following today’s UK General Election shows the Conservative Party looks set to win 368 seats to Labour’s 191.

This could mean Jeremy Corbyn’s party may lose not just seats in marginal constituencies but even in districts that historically voted Labour.

More as we get it.


It’s going to be a long night.