Blow to party as glut of left candidates join fight
A CATFIGHT between former and running Labour candidates has dealt a major blow to the party's plans to pick up a single seat in a hotly contested constituency.
Left-leaning voters in Sligo/North Leitrim are spoiled for choice.
As of yesterday, there were no less than five former or current members of the Labour Party who were declared candidates in the general election.
High-profile borough and county councillor Veronica Cawley announced her intention to run as an 'Independent Labour candidate' after being rejected by the Labour Party as a second candidate on the ticket.
She will now go head to head with journalist Susan O'Keeffe.
The defeated candidate, who was informed by Labour Headquarters last Friday that she would not be added to the ticket, has instead decided to run as an independent candidate.
"As far as I am concerned I am still a member of the Labour party. I am a Labour party councillor. It is up to the party to decide," Ms Cawley said.
Ms Cawley joins three former Labour members running in the constituency.
Former Labour TD Declan Bree is to run as an independent socialist candidate in the three-seater constituency.
Independent Alwyn Love, who previously ran as a Labour candidate and North-Leitrim based Gabriel MacSharry, who quit Labour five years ago, will also run.
Other left-of-centre candidates include North-Leitrim based Michael Colreavy for Sinn Fein and Dromahair-based film maker, Johnny Gogan for the Green Party.
A total of 13 candidates have now declared intentions to run in the constituency.