Thursday 22 February 2018

Labour loses third elected member this week with resignation of Dublin councillor

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

LABOUR has lost a third elected representative in the space of a week with the resignation of a Dublin councillor from the party.

Councillor Cian O'Callaghan said that he was quitting the party because it had broken election promises and made choices that have benefited the rich and powerful at a huge cost to everyone else.

"I disagree profoundly with the Labour Party approach in government in a long list of areas," he said.

Mr O'Callaghan has worked as a parliamentary assistant to former Labour Dublin West TD Patrick Nulty, who also resigned as a member of the party earlier this year. He was a member of the Labour Party since 1999 and a was elected for the first time as a councillor for the Howth Malahide Ward of Fingal County Council in 2009. He is the third elected member to quit Labour this week.

Labour Meath councillor Jenny McHugh quit the party this week to join Fianna Fáil, while Leinster MEP Nessa Childers also announced she was resigning her membership and would be running as an Independent in next year's European elections.

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