Saturday 27 December 2014

First-time TD joins fight to be Labour's number two

Conor Kane and Daniel McConnell

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

Ciara Conway TD with her daughter Aeva May. Photo: John Power
Ciara Conway TD with her daughter Aeva May. Photo: John Power

FIRST-time TD Ciara Conway hopes that by promising not to accept any ministerial post she will sweep enough votes to become deputy leader of the Labour Party.

Announcing her candidacy in Dungarvan, she said she would use the position to bring "more humanity and humility" to government decision-making.

Nominations for the two positions of leader and deputy leader of the Labour Party close today at midday and the contest will last until midday on July 4.

Ms Conway said the Labour Party was in crisis following the heavy defeat it suffered in last month's European and local elections and needed to "think differently" to survive.

She conceded that itwas not looking good for many TDs in the run-up to the next general election.

Ms Conway has already declared her support for Alex White in the battle for the Labour Party leadership although Joan Burton remains favourite to win.

The mother of one becomes the fourth TD to contest the deputy leadership and is going up against junior ministers Alan Kelly (Tipperary) and Sean Sherlock (Cork East) and chairman of the Environment Committee Michael McCarthy (Cork South West).

By refusing to consider a ministerial post, Ms Conway is seeking to provide a link between the party's backbenchers and their ministers in Government.

"There is a bubble that exists when people enter ministerial or minister of state roles and I want to be the voice outside that bubble," she said.

Outlining her vision of the deputy leader, she said they would "require energy, humour, persistence and patience".

The intentions of her colleague, Kerry North TD Arthur Spring, remain unclear and he was again ignoring media requests for comment yesterday.

Irish Independent

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