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.
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?
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.”
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)
Previously: Must. Have. Power
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)
Conor McMorrow, of RTE, tweetz:
Boxes of votes arrive in Round Room at Mansion House ahead of @FineGael leadership count…
Pics: Conor McMorrow
Earlier: Leo X
And on it goes.
Watch Dáil proceedings live here