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Labour leadership news! February 18, 2020

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Interesting to see the line up behind the respective candidates for the Labour leadership – for Aodhán Ó Ríordáin nominations from Ged Nash and Ivana Bacik. For Alan Kelly nominations from ‘newly elected TD for Dublin Fingal Duncan Smith and seconded by Cork East TD Seán Sherlock’. How does this end?


1. Tomboktu - February 18, 2020

Kelly now has the backing of people who refused to nominate him four years ago. What happened to induce that change: Howlin no longer available or a desire to stop Ó Ríordáin?

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WorldbyStorm - February 18, 2020

That’s an odd one definitely.

BTW, Catherine Murphy ruling herself out of the CC’s job now! Not as popular a gig as might have been thought!

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rockroots - February 19, 2020

Kelly was so centrally connected to the water charges fiasco that in 2016 it would have been unthinkable to put him in charge of Labour’s recovery operation. Perhaps they imagine that four years is long enough for people to have forgotten his role?


2. irishelectionliterature - February 19, 2020

Ó Ríordáin quote tweeted Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA earlier which had a pic of him and a team he trains. Turns out Ó Ríordáin is one of these lads that wears shorts hail ,rain or shine . That’s enough to rule him out for me 🙂


sonofstan - February 19, 2020

Did he go to OCS?
That’s Joe and me conflicted!


Joe - February 19, 2020

OC, OC, OC – S. Will he win? Yes, yes, yes.

Scoil Uí Chonaill GAA is now a local club for around that end of Clontarf rather than a club for proud/sad ex OCSers. Don’t know if Ó Ríordáin actually went to O’Connell’s but on the radio yesterday he made a big deal of his inner city roots and especially of his time spent teaching in Sherriff St.

I heard them both on the radio. Certainly no political or philosophical differences. It appears the Labour Party electors will have to decide which one is more energetic as that seems to be their main pitch. Why don’t they do a 5k race or something and sort it that way?


tafkaGW - February 19, 2020

I’m guessing that’s O’Connell Secondary, not the facilities management company.

Just asking for the sake of the non-Dubs 🙂


sonofstan - February 19, 2020

Yes – O’Connell’s: hotbed of radical politics and Dublin punk rock in the ’70s as it was.

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tafkaGW - February 19, 2020


I, for one, won’t sleep a wink until I know the outcome.


3. Tomboktu - February 20, 2020

I remembered this incident this evening.

Eight or nine years ago I was on an inter-city bus. In the seats behind me were a former Labour councillor and another person who were travelling to a meeting in Cork. During their conversation, the other person asked the former councillor about the innards of the Labour Party. The only part of the conversation that stuck in my mind all these years later is the following:

What wing of the Labour Party would Alan Kelly be in then?
<pause while the former councillor considered this>
Alan Kelly is in the Alan Kelly wing of the Labour Party.

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4. gypsybhoy69 - February 26, 2020

Only seeing this thread now. Jaysus Lacey’s for Kelly. Must still have a hard on for water charges. Apologies for the rather sickening imagery.

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