Tuesday 25 June 2019

More calls for Howlin to step down as leader

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Frank McGrath
Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Frank McGrath
John Downing

John Downing

Two more Labour Party councillors have said publicly their leader must consider resigning as the party continues to languish in opinion polls.

In Kerry, Councillor Terry O'Brien, of Tralee, has called on Brendan Howlin to step down, saying his leadership was "not working" with the party only on 3pc in the polls.

That poll ranking suggests the party is half as popular as its disastrous 2016 General Election result, when it got 6.6pc of the vote and reduced the party to just seven TDs.

"We need to soul-search and do something very quickly," Mr O'Brien told Kerry Radio.

He supported a similar call by Portlaoise-based Labour councillor Noel Tuohy, who called on Tuesday for the leader to go. Later yesterday, Cllr Mick Duff, based in Dublin South West, called on Mr Howlin to allow an early leadership election.

"I have been very concerned for months about the direction our party is heading," he said.

Yesterday a small number of other councillors backed resignation calls, but declined to be named.

Irish Independent

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