Tuesday 28 March 2017

Alan Kelly needs to be out saving Labour – not chained to an office in the Cabinet

Labour's new deputy leader Alan Kelly
Labour's new deputy leader Alan Kelly

Why does everyone assume that Labour's newly elected deputy leader Alan Kelly has to be in the Cabinet? If he's in Cabinet what use is he as deputy leader? Surely the tough guy from Tipperary would be far more use as a political fixer in a party which needs a heck of a lot of political fixing if it is to survive as a force in the Irish political landscape?

A repeat of the May 23 local election performance in the next general election could spell carnage and the demise of Labour.

The respected political geographer Adrian Kavanagh has done a purely mathematical transposition of those local election results into a general election context and found Labour could return with as few as three TDs.

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