Labour TD Maloney quits party to run as Independent
Labour TD Eamon Maloney has resigned from the party and intends to run in the General Election as an Independent, he has confirmed.
Mr Maloney had opposed party plans to run a two- candidate strategy in the Dublin South West constituency, where the party has traditionally been strong.
Senior Labour sources have described his decision to resign as "deeply regrettable" but added "it is what it is".
Mr Maloney secured 4,165 first-preference votes and took the last seat in the constituency in the 2011 General Election.
Given the decision by former minister and party leader Pat Rabbitte, who is also a TD in the constituency to retire, Mr Maloney had sought to be the sole Labour candidate.
Mr Maloney won public praise when he decided in 2011 not to accept any expenses for carrying out his Dail duties.The Donegal native confirmed his decision to resign in his local paper, the Tallaght Echo.
A closed meeting took place yesterday afternoon between Deputy Maloney and a number of local Labour Party members, who have also indicated that they will leave the party to support Deputy Maloney on his Independent trail.
A split in party tactics saw the veteran politician and 30-year Labour Party member unexpectedly withdraw his name from the General Election race in July - due to his opinion that the party should only run one candidate in Dublin South West, not two.