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Labour TD lashes his leaders in quit drama

A LABOUR TD has quit the party claiming that its ministers have brought the entire political system into disrepute.

Dublin West representative Patrick Nulty hit out at Eamon Gilmore and Joan Burton as he resigned last night.

He accused the ministers of sacrificing basic democratic demands "for their own political ambitions".

Deputy Nulty was only elected to the Dail 18 months ago to fill the seat left vacant after the death of Brian Lenihan.

Shortly after entering Leinster House, he was put out of the Labour parliamentary party for voting against the Government but his resignation from the party altogether will be seen as a blow to the leadership.


"I no longer believe that membership of the party is of any assistance in advancing the political ideas which form the cornerstone of my value system," he said.

The newly independent TD – who will run directly against Joan Burton in the next election – said that his ex-colleagues were trying to "micro manage the personal finances of hard pressed families".

He hit out at Ms Burton's decision to cut child benefit.

"These are not the actions of a party that is acting in the interests of working people and a just economic recovery," he said, adding that entering coalition with Fine Gael was "a disaster" for Labour and the country.