Tuesday 23 January 2018

Eamon Gilmore calls meeting of Labour ministers this afternoon

Pressure is mounting on the Labour leader as fourth party member tells him to go

Eamon Gilmore: under pressure. Photo: Collins
Eamon Gilmore: under pressure. Photo: Collins
At odds: Eamon Gilmore and Phil Prendergast
Phil Prendergast speaks alongside Eamon Gilmore at the launch of Labour’s election manifestoes. Arthur Carron
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore with Minister Joan Burton (left), Lorraine Higgins, Emer Costello and Phil Prendergast at the launch of Labour's local and European manifestos at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore pictured with Labour MEP candidates, Phil Prendergast, right and Lorraine Higgins

Embattled Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has summoned his party's ministers to a meeting this afternoon.

It was understood that a parliamentary meeting of the Labour party wouldn't take place until Wednesday.

However, in the last few hours, it has emerged that Mr Gilmore has summoned his ministers to a meeting this afternoon.

It is not clear what the agenda is.

The meeting comes as four party members have publicly called on him to consider his permission as leader.

Speaking to RTE's Sean O'Rourke, outgoing MEP Phil Prendergast said Mr Gilmore "should name a date" to leave.

"He should give a date and that should be a part of where we move on from here

"I do mean an early date. I think the party has serious decisions and serious analysis to do and we need to meet what we heard," she told the broadcaster.

Ms Prendergast said the party must carry out a "review of the promises that couldn’t be kept and that’s a real issue for reflection".

"It’s not a kneejerk reaction to call for that sort of forensic analysis.

"People don’t like being lied to," she said.

"We did a hundred day campaign and it was every day, everyone said about the medical card issue, everyone said about the water charges, an awful lot of people talking about the ‘Every Little Hurts’ campaign.

"Nobody spoke about European issues really."

The 'Every Little Hurts' campaign was run by the party prior to the 2011 General Election.

In this campaign, the party claimed they would stop water charges, and made other promises to not increase motor tax and university fees.

Ms Prendergast's comments came after Senator John Whelan told RTE's Morning Ireland programme that Mr Gilmore's future as party leader had to be on the agenda for the party.

Arthur Spring and Michael McNamara have also spoken out against Mr Gilmore.

Irish Independent

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