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Get the popcorn… April 13, 2016

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… the agonies of the Labour leadership contest continue:

There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party after members learned on Tuesday that Joan Burton wants to remain as leader.
Deputy leader Alan Kelly is also thought certain to seek to stand in the leadership contest that the party’s rules require after leaving government.

And while:

…both Ms Burton and Mr Kelly may not be able to secure a seconder from the party’s seven TDs, inquiries by The Irish Times suggest.Unless they can secure a seconder, neither would be eligible to stand.

Except, except…

However, speculation within the party is that both Ms Burton and Mr Kelly could agree to second each other’s nomination – a prospect greeted with alarm and incredulity by many sources on Tuesday.

Meanwhile… one might think elections for such positions are a good thing, but some aren’t so sure…

TDs Willie Penrose and Brendan Ryan both said that their preference was to have an agreed candidate.
“It would be better if we could come to a consensus on a new leader without a contest,” Mr Ryan said.

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1. irishelectionliterature - April 13, 2016

There’s also talk of Labour supporting Enda in the vote to be Taoiseach if they have a Seanad transfer pact and I presume a few Taoiseachs nominees.

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2. 1798Mike - April 13, 2016

“There is increasing pressure on acting Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin to declare that he will stand for the leadership of the Labour Party”………
Pressure from whom? One man and a dog……. or all of Brendan’s relatives?

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Aonrud ⚘ - April 13, 2016

“There is increasing pressure on…” is my favourite self-fulfilling media story opening. If they all say it at once…

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3. Ed - April 13, 2016

“a prospect greeted with alarm and incredulity by many sources on Tuesday”

How many? Two people? Three?

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4. Tomboktu - April 13, 2016

The Irish Times reporting unattributed speculation. (Or making it up?)

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5. sonofstan - April 13, 2016

I’m reminded of the old Private Eye formula: ‘the fans (Sid and Doris Bonkers) when people say ‘sources within the Labour Party’

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