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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/afternoon.

Grand Hotel, Malahide, County Dublin

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin and TDs, including a stubbly Stephen Donnelly,  at the start of the party’s think-in.

What is he think-in, any-one?

Sam Boal/RollingNews


This morning/afternoon.

Wynne’s Hotel, Dublin

Solidarity People Before Profit hold a ‘Think in’  with top, from left: Ruth Coppinger TD, Gino Kenny TD, Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Mick Barry TD.



Local Water charge protestors outside the second day of the Labour Party Think-In at White’s Hotel in Wexford town.

From top: William Duggan, Nikki O’Brien and various protestors outside the hotel on Abbery Street, Wexford this morning.

Meanwhile…Joan Burton under fire over ‘skin a cat’ remark (Independent.ie)

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


Last night.

The FG Annual Think-In at the Fota Island Resort in County Cork.

An essay by Eamonn Farrell who writes:

“Normally a political party Think-In starts with the party leader addressing the media from a podium after his or her arrival at the event via a phalanx of brightly coloured mics, supported by a microphone holder on the podium. This year the party minders changed the set up with only the taoiseach, two ministers and a local TD at the podium. But they also left out the mic holders, which meant that the poor media operators (there are no journalists/photographers/cameramen or broadcasters anymore, just ‘media operators’), had to try and build a pyramid of individual mics…”

From top: Fergal Keane;  Paraic Gallagher (Newstalk) and Eileen Brophy (UTV); Martina Fitzgerald  of RTÉ (left), Damien Eagars (Irish Independent) and unidentified Sorcha Ní Riada, (RTÉ Nuacht) RTE.; Stephen O’Brien (Sunday Times); Katie Hannon (RTÉ); Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan.

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)