Labour TD says party needs to reconnect with Kerry

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The Labour Party needs to reconnect with communities like Kerry.

That’s according to an article in today’s Sunday Independent, written by the party’s spokesperson for health, Alan Kelly.

The article follows calls by 5 Labour Party councillors for party leader Brendan Howlin to step down.


Among that 5 is Kerry Councillor Terry O’Brien, who also stated Deputy Kelly may be suited to the role of party leader.

Alan Kelly stated in the article that the Labour tradition of a strong grassroots membership in counties such as Kerry, Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wicklow has been in decline.

He says that the party is stuck in neutral, after two and a half years being out of government, and that it needs to reconnect with the aforementioned communities.

It comes as 14 Labour councillors yesterday requested an urgent meeting with party leader Brendan Howlin, amid growing pressure for him to resign.

Among those seeking Howlin’s resignation is Kerry County Councillor Terry O’Brien, who also stated Deputy Kelly may be suited to the role of party leader.

The Tipperary TD didn’t say outright in the article that he wants to challenge Brendan Howlin for party leadership.