Tag Archives: Labour

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.

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

 

Yikes.

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

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

UPDATE:

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?

Meanwhile…

Um.

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…”

Oh.

“A majority of Thatcherite proportions”

Tonight.

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.

Meanwhile…

It’s going to be a long night.

Meanwhile

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

Rollingnews

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

Rollingnews

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

The Social Democrats launch a new Bill – the Consumer Rights (Gift Vouchers) Bill, 2017 – to end the rip-off associated with gift vouchers and cards.

The bill would stop retailers “imposing expiration limits of less than five years on vouchers while prohibiting a range of charges connected to their use”.

Above from left: Pádraig Rice, Catherine Murphy TD, Anne-Marie McNally, spokesperson on Society and Citizenship, Roísín Shortall TD and Cian O’Callaghan, spokesperson on Housing Quality and Building Standards.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Meanwhile…

This afternoon.

Royal College of Physicians,  Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Labour Employment spokesperson, Senator Ged Nash (Glasses) with the General Secretary of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Patricia King (third right) at the launch of a bill to tackle bogus self-employment contracts that deny workers the same protection and entitlements as their employed colleagues.

The Protection of Employment (Measures to Counter False Self Employment) Bill 2017 would put all workers on an equal footing in situations where they are carrying out the same duties, but are not legally designated as ‘employees.

Fight, etc.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews