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    Impeccable sources within the Labour Party advise Grey Area that Senator James Heffernan is set to resign the Labour Party whip as early as next week. He will be the first Labour Senator to resign since the party entered the coalition Government with Fine Gael. Senator James Heffernan is currently the Labour Party Spokesperson on Transport, Tourism and Sport in Seanad Éireann.

    Sources also suggest that Senator John Kelly is said to be considering resigning the Labour Party whip. If Senator Kelly also walks the pressure will surely build for a challenge to Eamon Gilmore's leadership of the Labour Party.




    Senator James Heffernan (born 3 October 1979) is an Irish Labour Party politician. He was elected to the 24th Seanad in April 2011 on the Agricultural Panel. He was previously a member of Limerick County Council from 2009–11 for the Kilmallock area. He was an unsuccessful candidate at the 2011 general election for the Limerick constituency, polling 7,910 first preference votes (17.5%). He was also a candidate at 2007 general election for the Limerick West constituency. He is a primary school teacher by profession.



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    What according to your sources are his reason(s) for resigning?

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    So another make-believe politician from a make-believe party resigns and we, the people, are meant to be impressed? What about all the good little Labour troughers in the Dail - did any of them have pangs of conscience or are they all too busy with their snouts in the public purse? The Stickies have destroyed Labour just as surely as they did every other party they infected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCKY View Post
    What according to your sources are his reason(s) for resigning?
    To try a force a leadership challenge as he believes the Labour Party will be annihilated at the next election if it continues down the road it's going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Area View Post
    To try a force a leadership challenge as he believes the Labour Party will be annihilated at the next election if it continues down the road it's going.
    But will it actually change anything? Are the other Labourites too well bought off to bother with forcing a leadership challenge?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcc View Post
    But will it actually change anything? Are the other Labourites too well bought off to bother with forcing a leadership challenge?
    I have no idea if it will change anything. Joan Burton and Roisin Shortall's names are being openly mentioned as possible successors. The one sure thing that I do know is the Labour Party is at war with itself.
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    senators dont matter, all will be gone soon. Its TDs elected by people that matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grey Area View Post
    To try a force a leadership challenge as he believes the Labour Party will be annihilated at the next election if it continues down the road it's going.
    Fair enough but the party has lost two junior ministers and some TDs. I don't see a Senator providing the critical mass to force a leadership challenge.

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    I've literally never heard of the guy before.

    Still, it's interesting situation. There's an almost palpable sense of Labour being close to the edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eoin Coir View Post
    senators dont matter, all will be gone soon. Its TDs elected by people that matter.
    Maybe they don't matter but it does not give the impression of good leadership if TD's and now Senators are resigning from the Labour Party. Sinking ship mentality maybe?
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