Wednesday 11 December 2019

Eamon Gilmore held 'very frank discussion' with rebel MEP Phil Prendergast

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tony Gavin
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore. Photo: Tony Gavin

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore held a "very frank discussion" with rebel MEP Phil Prendergast - just days after she called on him to be replaced as leader.

Mr Gilmore and Ms Prendergast held a private meeting in the Labour Leader's office during which robust exchanges took place.

The pair then stood shoulder-to-shoulder at a Labour event in Dublin.

Speaking before the event, Ms Prendergast said she and Mr Gilmore shook hands after their meeting.

"I met Eamon Gilmore this evening in the Tanaiste's office. We discussed and we shared our views, he already knew my views because of the announcement I made on Sunday. We had a fairly frank discussion. The focus for me from here on me and from him is getting our candidate selected, getting myself elected to Ireland South," she said.

"We are putting what happened behind us, we shook on that and we had a cordial parting," she added.

However asked about her call for Mr Gilmore to be replaced, made in Monday's Irish Independent, Ms Prendergast replied:

"I stand by what I said and I'm moving on now."

Mr Gilmore told reporters that he is still backing Ms Prendergast in her election bid in Ireland South.

"As far as I'm concerned, the Labour Party selects a candidate . I stand with that candidate full square right up until polling day. We had a very frank discussion."

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