The first in a series of Labour Party hustings to elect a new leader and deputy leader took place last night at the Radisson Blu Hotel near Dublin Airport. Our reporter Brian O’Connell went along and got the views of many grassroots members of the party.
It’s only been a week since the European and local elections. But now nominations close tomorrow for the Labour leadership, James Reilly seems to be under fire from Fine Gael Ministers and TDS, and there’s speculation over Enda Kenny running for a top EU post. Here to discuss these topics and more was Fionnan Sheahan.
It’s something of a cliche when we talk about “an extraordinary 24 hours in politics” but yesterday certainly wasn’t your average day at Leinster House. By lunchtime we had details of the eight signatories to the request for a “no confidence motion” in Eamon Gilmore’s leadership of the labour party. And by four o clock Mr. Gilmore was announcing his intention to resign. What now for the labour party, its leadership and the stability of the government? During the interview, Lorraine Higgins said that she had received death threats through social media. Joining Sean was Fionnan Sheahan, group political editor of independent ...
It has been a difficult weekend for the Labour Party with recent polls suggesting a drubbing for the party in the local and European Elections could be on the cards. And Labour MEP Phil Prendergast has only added to the pressure on Labour leader Eamon Gilmore this morning with her call on Morning Ireland for him to resign and for Joan Burton to take over as leader. Sean spoke to Minister of State Kathleen Lynch and to Brian Dowling of our political staff.
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is the leader of a party which is sliding in the polls and seeing more and more defections from its inner ranks. He’s also deputy prime minister at a critical time for the country with another tough budget looming, plans being made about for our exit from the bailout programme and voting on two referenda coming up next month. And if all of that’s not enough he’s the Minister for Foreign Affairs at a time of crisis in the Middle East.