Labour joy as rebel TD Keaveney finally quits
COLM Keaveney became the latest in a string of Labour TDs to jump ship as he quit as chairman and member of the party.
The Galway East TD, who lost the party whip after refusing to support the Budget last year, said: "Unfortunately I can no longer go along with what is increasingly like a political charade. We promise one thing then do another and blame it on someone else."
Mr Keaveney added that he would not be surprised if Labour leader and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, with whom he has had a fraught relationship, celebrated his resignation.
"I'm sure there is probably a cork being popped somewhere in Iveagh House," he said.
Many former colleagues welcomed Mr Keaveney's decision to quit, as his position as chairman had caused the party hierarchy a headache.
Labour chief whip Emmet Stagg said: "Since he resigned the whip, he has consistently attacked Labour, thereby betraying the party members who elected him as chair."