Friday 30 September 2016

Exclusive: The poignant image of Labour party corridor just days after worst election in decades

Published 03/03/2016 | 16:42

Exclusive picture shows Labour’s parliamentary party corridor as members removed their belongings following last week’s disastrous General Election
Exclusive picture shows Labour’s parliamentary party corridor as members removed their belongings following last week’s disastrous General Election

This is the poignant image that depicts one of the worst election results suffered by the Labour Party in decades.

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The exclusive picture shows Labour’s parliamentary party corridor as members removed their belongings following last week’s disastrous General Election.

Bags of rubbish and personal effects line the corridor of a wing of Leinster House where Labour deputies resided for the last five years.

The picture was sent to Independent.ie anonymously but has been separately authenticated by this website.

The corridor was home to some of the party’s most prominent politicians who served in national politics throughout several Dáil terms.

However, last Friday, Labour was hammered by voters and lost 24 seats and is now reduced to just seven members.

Tánaiste and Labour leader Joan Burton retained her seat as did her deputy leader Alan Kelly.

Today, prominent Labour TD and former Junior Housing Minister Willie Penrose also won his seat after a mammoth six days of counting.

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin, Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan, Junior Minister Sean Sherlock and TD Brendan Ryan also held their seats.

Major political casualities suffered by the party include Communications Minister Alex White, Super Junior Minister Ged Nash, Social Protection Junior Minister Kevin Humphreys and former Banking Inquiry chairman Ciaran Lynch.

Mental Health Junior Minister Kathleen Lynch and Justice Department Junior Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also lost their seats.

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