Kelly, Howlin refuse to step aside in leadership contest
Published 17/05/2016 | 02:30
Both Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly are refusing to step aside and allow a single 'consensus candidate' to emerge for the Labour Party leadership.
Each of the former ministers is telling supporters he is the best candidate to replace Joan Burton.
And backers of Mr Kelly have denied a weekend report suggesting that the Tipperary TD cannot secure a seconder for the leadership.
A Labour spokesman said yesterday that the leadership would not be discussed when the parliamentary party meets today, but would instead be dealt with separately.
Mr Howlin, Mr Kelly and Limerick TD and former Education Minister Jan O'Sullivan are understood to have discussed the issue amongst themselves in recent days.
Joan Burton, who spoke at the annual Labour Party James Connolly commemoration on Sunday, has refused to say publicly who she wants to succeed her.