Tipperary’s Alan Kelly Expected To Enter Labour Leadership Race

A race to become the next leader of the Labour Party will gets under way later today, with Tipperary’s Labour TD Mr Alan Kelly, expected to enter the contest.

This contest follows the announcement by Mr Brendan Howlin, this week, to stand down as Labour leader.

The executive board of the Labour Party was expected to meet at 11:00am, this morning to set rules for the-is upcoming contest, which will take place in six week’s time, with Louth TD Mr Ged Nash and Dublin Bay North TD Mr Aodhán Ó Ríordáin also expected to throw their hats into the ring.

The winner will be decided by a majority vote of the party membership.

With 5 seats only up for grabs in the recent General Election in Tipperary, Mr Kelly, latter who spends his relaxation time viewing the American Netflik TV political thriller “House of Cards”, was once again lucky to be elected. Mr Kelly took the fourth seat with a mere 13,222 votes; 5,365 of which were second preference, leaving him several hundred votes short of a 13,632 quota.

This new Labour party leader when chosen will be expected to boost a political grouping which ended up returning with only six seats to the 33rd Dáil, one fewer than in the previous General Election.

Outgoing leader Mr Brendan Howlin said he would not be backing any future candidate and that a decision on any new leader would be a matter for their now diminishing party membership.


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