Monday 25 September 2017

Keaveney eyes European bid and backs Burton for leader

Rebel TD who quit Labour threatens to reveal dysfunctional relationship with leader Gilmore, writes Maeve Sheehan

Former Labour Party Chairman Colm Keaveney with Sunday Independents Maeve Sheehan.
Photo: David Conachy.
Former Labour Party Chairman Colm Keaveney with Sunday Independents Maeve Sheehan. Photo: David Conachy.
Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Colm Keaveney said he would not have resigned from the Labour Party last week if Joan Burton were leader.

In a departing attack on the Tanaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, Keaveney said the Minister for Social Protection was the most popular political figure in the country but suggested she was too "decent" to challenge the leadership.

Keaveney told the Sunday Independent: "I have no doubt I would be a member of the Labour Party if Joan was leader. I know that I would be carrying the weight of the reforms that are required. I have no doubt that I would have done it pride and justification. Allegiances have to be earned, they are not automatic."

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