Clonakilty councillor quits the Labour Party
A CLONAKILTY-based Labour councillor has today resigned from the party claiming that that the Parliamentary Party is not listening to the views of rank and file members.
The move by Cllr Aidan Pendlebury follows the high profile expulsion of party chairman Colm Keavney from the Parliamentary Party for voting against the Social Welfare Bill and the resignation of Senator James Heffernan who was the sixth member of the party to leave since the General Election.
In a statement, Cllr Pendlebury said, “This is not a decision I have taken lightly but unfortunately the constant refusal of the Parliamentary Party to listen to its Labour Councillors, its constituents and its own party principles have left me with no other option.
This follows the resignation of Tom Cashman in Midleton:
The Labour Party deputy mayor of Midleton has resigned from the party because of cuts in this year’s Budget.
Cllr Tom Cashman told party leaders he was resigning because recent Budget decisions and broken promises by Labour made his position untenable.
He said: “I cannot in all conscience stand before the people who elected me and support the Government’s decision to cut child welfare and carer’s allowances and increase prescription charges for medical card holders.
“These are very real issues which affect the very people who elected me and who I assured would not be affected adversely if Labour were in Government. ...
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