Sunday 21 December 2014

Four horse race for Labour deputy leader as Ciara Conway announces she will stand

Published 02/06/2014 | 12:06

Ciara Conway,Labour deputy for Waterford  at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 14/11/13
Ciara Conway, Labour deputy for Waterford at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke

Labour’s Ciara Conway has announced she will stand for deputy leader of the party.

The TD – who was one of the eight signatories who sought a vote of ‘no confidence’ in former leader Eamon Gilmore – announced her intention to run earlier today.

In a statement issued before noon, the Waterford TD said she is beginning her campaign “on a basis of humility, and with great respect for other candidates already declared”.

The Labour party has “experienced a great setback”.

“We need to be inspired again. Made enthusiastic, committed to a future based on the values of equality, community, solidarity with each other, freedom and dignity. We need to rediscover hope,” she said.

A high price has been paid in order to restore Ireland’s “integrity in the world”, Ms Conway said.

“And we have made mistakes. We should have acted much more quickly than we did to recognise the need for a new approach to medical cards.

“We should have ensured that serving and former Gardai raising genuine concerns about issues of malpractice were immediately, rather than belatedly, respected.

“We need at all times to be certain that the tough decisions necessary for recovery are tempered by decency and humanity,” she stated.

According to Ms Conway, the role of the party’s deputy leader requires “energy, humour, persistence and patience”.

“It will need a deep grounding in the values and traditions of the Party, and a strong sense of optimism about what we can be and where we can go.

“It’s a pretty full-time, full-on job – the sort of job that a Deputy Leader should be committed to,” she said.

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