Labour Party deputy leader Alan Kelly 'became emotional' as he denied leaking internal party election analysis to media
Published 02/12/2015 | 19:17
LABOUR Party deputy leader Alan Kelly became emotional this evening as he completely distanced himself from the alleged leaking of analysis that claimed the party is facing the prospect of losing 20 seats at the General Election.
Mr Kelly told the Labour Parliamentary party that both he and his staff had "fingers pointed at them all week", adding that the controversy allowed Fine Gael to steal a step on Labour in relation to policy issues.
Several sources at the meeting confirmed that Mr Kelly became emotional as he urged the party to re-unite ahead of the General Election.
The reporting of the analysis, which claimed that Labour could end up with just 10 seats after the election, sparked uproar within the party.
Several TDs, without any evidence, said they suspected Mr Kelly and his team of being responsible for the material, which was reported in a number of newspapers including Independent.ie.
But speaking this evening, Mr Kelly dismissed any notion of being behind the media reports.
And he said Fine Gael stole a march on the party this week by continuously putting out policy ideas while Labour was fixated with the alleged leak.