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Entitlement March 30, 2016

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This is near priceless, a report in the IT this morning about the LP and its leadership. It appears that there’s trouble at the – now depleted – top. For a certain J. Burton may have outstayed her welcome with calls now for her to resign.

One former Labour TD said: “If any other leader was in the position Joan is in now they would resign at the earliest opportunity. I don’t know what her thinking is but she cannot stay on in her current position. We took an absolute roasting. She did her best but she seems to think nothing has happened.”

What is the logic?

Ms Burton is said to be eager to remain on as leader until Government negotiations have concluded and a second election has been ruled out.

Surely there can’t be any serious belief that anything will change in the interim that might allow for a continuation of leadership. Can there?

Speaking of which what of this?

Of the party’s seven elected representatives, three are said to be serious contenders for the position. Deputy leader Alan Kelly, minister of state Seán Sherlock and minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin are said to be interested.

The party is anxious for Mr Howlin to take over but it is understood he will only accept the role if uncontested.

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1. irishelectionliterature - March 30, 2016

I wonder if it is all linked. That she is staying on until those at the top of Labour are sure Alan Kelly won’t get the leadership. Great stuff from Howlin too wanting a Coronation!
On a side issue some in Labour are less than thrilled with their limited line up for the Seanad Elections (at least on the political panels).

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2. Tomboktu - March 30, 2016

She may be going that the negotiations to firm a government fail and a second election is called while she is still acting Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection. An increase in the number of Labour TDs in a snap election, she could believe, would strengthen her hand.

Or it could be some form of decorum: she’s decided to resign as party leader when she ceases to be acting Tánaiste.

I don’t attach great democratic virtue to those calling for her to go. They know that under their party’s rules, once a new Taoiseach is elected, she ceases to be Tánaiste and a leadership election is automatically triggered. There are circumstances when a week is a long time in politics, but when it comes to deciding the next Labour leader, 6 or 7 or 8 or even 12 weeks is not one.

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3. Tawdy - March 30, 2016

Titanic and deck chairs?

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4. 1798Mike - March 30, 2016

They have a seriously grave problem and I would say Burton knows it. None of the three contenders, Kelly, Howlin or Sherlock, could be, with any honesty, described as a social democrat.
Kelly is a run-of-the-mill rural gombeen politician. Howlin is the mini-napoleon of the austerity war against the poor & vulnerable. Sherlock could, like the others, comfortably fit into Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil. Which of them would or could appeal to an increasingly left wing Dublin electorate ? None of them has more credibility than Burton who herself hasn’t a shred left.
Could she be trying to wait to see if somebody like Aodhan O’Riordan could rebuild himself?

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WorldbyStorm - March 30, 2016

That sounds unpleasantly plausible 1798Mike. I’d put good money on you being right. Jesus though, AO’R as the saviour of the LP?

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