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Thursday 21 August 2014

Gilmore: There's no question over my leadership

Fionnan Sheahan

Published 24/05/2014 | 18:56

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says there is “no question” over his leadership in the wake of the Labour Party drubbing in the local and European elections.

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The party is set to lose about 70pc of its council seats and won’t elect any MEPs.

Mr Gilmore said his party has to “pull together and work together” following the hammering.

He also said the Coalition needed to “renew the Government”. 

“The people of the country have sent a very loud and clear message to the Government and indeed to the Labour Party,” he said.

He said he believed the question of leadership was a “collective” issue for the party.

Mr Gilmore said people want to see things “done differently” from now on.

But there are already calls for the party to discuss the leadership as part of the postmortem of Labour performance.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton said she did “have confidence” in the Labour Party.

Labour TD Arthur Spring said the issue of the leadership had to be discussed.

“That's one of the questions that has to be asked,” he said.

Mr Spring also said one option for Labour will be to consider a general election, but it would be an irresponsible move.

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