John Leahy, former leader of Renua
“The background is that I was a manager over a team that prepared 3 years to for an election and we got nobody elected.
“Do I spend another two or three years at? I haven’t made an impression in three years. Maybe the message I have is not the change that people want,” Mr Leahy said.
He informed a meeting of the party’s executive last night that he intends to return to the independent ranks of Offaly County Council. He has already struck a deal to support Fianna Fáil in his local authority and will be Leas Cathaoirleach for the next 12 months.
‘I haven’t made an impression in three years’ – John Leahy stepping down as Renua leader (Independent.ie, Kevin Doyle)
The Guardian reports:
George Osborne, the former chancellor, has said he is stepping down as an MP “for now” following his decision to take a job as editor of the Evening Standard and other lucrative roles outside the House of Commons.
Following 24 hours of speculation about his future, he told the Evening Standard he was quitting but hinted he would want to return to frontline politics in future.
“I am stepping down from the House of Commons – for now. But I will remain active in the debate about our country’s future and on the issues I care about, like the success of the ‘northern powerhouse’,” he said.
…Since becoming a backbencher, Osborne declared new employment paying £650,000 a year for one day’s work a week for fund manager BlackRock. He has earned £800,000 for 15 speaking engagements in the last year, collects a £120,000 a year stipend from a US thinktank and has a book deal on top of the £75,000 MP’s salary. He will take up his editorship in mid-May.
Almost 200,000 people had signed a petition started by one of his constituents urging him to “pick a job”.
George Osborne to stand down as MP ‘for now’ (The Guardian)
*scrapes tiny violin*
Pic via Sinead Hussey
Joan Burton 1989 election literature.
Via Alan Kinsella
Alan Kelly at government buildings this morning
Staying in Friday?
Gareth Naughton writes:
Alan Kelly, deputy leader of the Labour Party, will appear on The Late Late Show this Friday [RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm].The Tipperary TD will join Late Late host Ryan Tubridy for a wide-ranging interview about the Labour party’s disastrous general election as well as his views on Irish Water, the housing crisis and the new government. And we’ll be finding out where his own political ambitions lie now that Joan Burton has resigned as leader of the Labour Party…