Saturday 24 February 2018

Gilmore should quit before local elections, says rebel senator

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

REBEL Labour Senator John Kelly is set to escape disciplinary action despite calling for Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore to be replaced as leader before next year's local elections.

It comes at a sensitive time for Labour, which has been trying to play down reports of tensions between Mr Gilmore and his deputy leader Joan Burton.

Mr Kelly has been dissatisfied with Mr Gilmore's leadership for some time and recently called for him to come up with a "Plan B" to revive the party's fortunes.

But in an interview with his local newspaper the 'Roscommon People', Mr Kelly said Labour should replace Mr Gilmore and let younger members "take over" the party.

However, he indicated that he was not convinced that Ms Burton was the person to replace Mr Gilmore. "I am not so sure that Joan Burton is the answer if there was to be a change at the top," he said.

Irish Independent

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