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Sunday 15 December 2019

Cork TD McCarthy declares candidacy for Labour deputy leadership

Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy
Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy

Lise Hand

Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy has declared his candidacy for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

The 38-year old first-time candidate has been proposed by Dublin North West TD John Lyons and seconded by Cork South-Central’s Ciaran Lynch.

Speaking on the plinth of Leinster House today, he said, “The people sent us a loud message last weekend and for our sake, we must listen. It was a bruising experience for the Labour Party, but we are still here”.

Mr McCarthy said he would wait to see if there is a contest for the leadership before giving his support to a candidate – so far, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is the only runner, although junior health minister Alex White may join the race tomorrow. The Cork TD added that he wouldn’t be running alongside any candidate on any “dream ticket”.

A second Cork-based TD has also joined the contest for the deputy leadership – junior minister for research and innovation, Sean Sherlock said, “I want to be part of the process of renewal for this party.”

Other potential contenders for the position of deputy leader include Waterford TD Ciara Conway, Kerry North deputy Arthur Spring and Meath East deputy Dominic Hannigan who have yet to declare their intentions.

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