Brendan Howlin resigns as Labour leader - end of dreams of an SF-led govt?

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BRENDAN Howlin is to resign as Labour leader after the party decided today that it will not be formally part of the next government.

Mr Howlin has said he will not be standing in a leadership contest which will get underway in the coming weeks. Speaking after a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party in Leinster House on Wednesday, Mr Howlin said the party did not get a mandate to enter government - but could support certain policies from opposition.

That takes the possible assorted left in govt. to about 60, down from about 66.

Makes Mary Lou's chances of being Taoiseach that bit slimmer.
 


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BRENDAN Howlin is to resign as Labour leader after the party decided today that it will not be formally part of the next government.

Mr Howlin has said he will not be standing in a leadership contest which will get underway in the coming weeks. Speaking after a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party in Leinster House on Wednesday, Mr Howlin said the party did not get a mandate to enter government - but could support certain policies from opposition.

That takes the possible assorted left in govt. to about 60, down from about 66.

Makes Mary Lou's chances of being Taoiseach that bit slimmer.
It goes to show he got something right in the end i.e. Resigning.
 

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My bet is for Nash to replace him.
 

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Thanks Mr Howlin for services to your county and country. But next govt will be: S.F + F.F + PBP + Greens.
 

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BRENDAN Howlin is to resign as Labour leader after the party decided today that it will not be formally part of the next government.

Mr Howlin has said he will not be standing in a leadership contest which will get underway in the coming weeks. Speaking after a meeting of the Parliamentary Labour Party in Leinster House on Wednesday, Mr Howlin said the party did not get a mandate to enter government - but could support certain policies from opposition.

That takes the possible assorted left in govt. to about 60, down from about 66.

Makes Mary Lou's chances of being Taoiseach that bit slimmer.
Essentially irrelevant - thanks to himself.
 

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No loss to the electorate.

He and Gimme gimme more destroyed Labour nmore than any other Labour leader in history.

He and gimme more transformed Labour from 3 Rd party in opposition to totally irrelevant and barely existent party. Howlin and Burton destroyed everything that Labour stood for in roots and values of their founding fathers.
 

james toney

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Socialism my a55, last article I read about him, is that he is worth €3.6 million.
Not only that...he was happy to gift properties to vulture funds when in the Department of Finance.
And happy with all of the below....we could go on and on about his right wing policies that many suffered under....and continue to suffer.

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Posted this on another thread.

Just as relevant here.

He was part of the government that rescued this country in the post 2011 period.

In 2010 Ireland's government deficit was three times worse than Greece's relative to the size of both countries.

We were half way to Venezuela then.

But the Irish media are in favour of a Venezuela type future still.
 

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When he wasn't prepared to fight for the leadership he shouldn't have taken it.

In 2016 Labour needed a leader with a spine and a bit of drive to undo the internal damage Gilmore wrought and to repair its public image after Burton. Howlin had neither.

For me the greatest stain on his career was his sponsorship of the Oireachtas Inquires referendum.

It was the most sinister proposition ever put to Irish citizens and had we been foolish enough to allow it we would have given politicians the power to suspend the constitutional rights and destroy the life of anyone they chose.

For that alone he should have lost his seat and Labour deserved our contempt while he led it.
 

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I think if he did it 6 months ago Labour would have done way better in the general election....his ego got in the way.
This was always going to be a bad election for Labour and I think even Kelly was persuaded that it was best to leave Howlin in place to take the flak and then have a younger leader to rebuild for the next election.
 

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But the Irish media are in favour of a Venezuela type future still.
What f*cking planet are you on and have you read the Irish media coverage of SF during this election campaign? Even the asshats in the Bindo (Belgian Independent) and the Oirish Times are laying into SF with every negative story about SF that they can grab.
 

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I assume AK47 will stand for this , although reportedly disliked for his abrasiveness by most of the parliamentary party(all five of them) he might get some support among the grassroots as a shake it up type of leader for a party in(or past) last chance salon for any kind of relevance , Nash and Sherlock seem a bit too bland.
 


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