Sunday 18 February 2018

Arthur Spring set to declare leadership intentions

Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke
Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke

Daniel McConnell, Political Correspondent

KERRY North TD Arthur Spring is today expected to declare his intentions about the leadership of the Labour Party.

Mr Spring was due to make his position known to senior party figures including Parliamentary Party chairman Jack Wall last Friday, but has failed to do so.

In the wake of the resignation of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore, Mr Spring, a Tralee-based juice bar owner and nephew of former Tanaiste Dick Spring, has repeatedly refused to rule himself out of the race.

He said he was considering putting his name forward for either the position of leader or deputy leader.


Repeated attempts to contact him over the weekend proved unsuccessful but some in the Labour Party were taking his silence as a sign of his intention to stand.

Should he stand for the position of leader, Mr Spring is to face the veteran deputy leader, Joan Burton, and current junior health minister Alex White.

Mr Spring was elected to the Dail in 2011 in the last seat in Kerry North having been elected to Kerry County Council in 2009.

But it is thought, given his relative inexperience, that he would have a better shot at the position of deputy leader.

Three candidates for that position have already declared. Junior Ministers Alan Kelly and Sean Sherlock are up against Cork South West TD Michael McCarthy.

Late last night, Wexford TD Ciara Conway, who publicly backed Alex White's candidacy, said she would be making a "significant statement" today in Dungarvan.

It is expected she will run for the deputy leadership.

Irish Independent

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