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Resignation mars Labour centenary celebrations

LABOUR Party centenary celebrations in Tipperary this weekend have been overshadowed by a local councillor resigning from the party because of its policies in government.

Former Clonmel mayor Darren Ryan (29) has left the party because he says Labour "has lost its traditions and values".

Labour was founded in Clonmel in 1912 and special centenary celebrations are planned for this weekend.

Mr Ryan, who sits on Clonmel Borough Council and South Tipperary County Council, is an ally of Labour MEP Phil Prendergast.

Mr Ryan said the party had "turned its back on the very people it claims to represent.

"The four founding principles of the party – freedom, equality, community and democracy – have not been to the forefront whilst making decisions in government."

Irish Independent