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    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. ...



    'Gilmore for Taoiseach'?

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    Gilmore for the gallows?
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    Several councillors have left the party over the last year and many others are disgruntled and/or semi-detached. They're up for election before the TDs and have little hope of an economic recovery coming to their aid. Further they are closer to the ground and public opinion and many of them are to the left of the parliamentary party and somewhat unhappy with the leadership.

    Gilmore and co need to be careful here as a disaster at the local elections will prefigure a disaster at the general elections.
    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty, than those attending too small a degree of it." - Thomas Jefferson (yeah, I'm aware of the irony)

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    Labour are in meltdown.

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    Ah shure it's only a councillor.

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    "We'll keep the red flag flying here"


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    The PDs and Greens each had an ideology, an identity, and goals that they both made reasonable attempts to act on and implement while in government.
    The Labour Parliamentary Party stand for absolutely nothing, sweet FA, exept their snouts in the trough.

    I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

    If the wider Labour party don't overthrow its leadership, and collapse this government, then they have no future. They will be slaughtered.

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    These lily livered "socialists" labourites give me a pain. They have no courage of their convictions and will run with the hound and hide with the hair to protect their own asses. The people should spit on them, they are less that lice infected dogs in the street.
    For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reck-less View Post
    Ah shure it's only a councillor.
    It's this sort of dumbass attitude that has permitted central government to erode local democracy in Ireland.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tin Foil Hat View Post
    The PDs and Greens each had an ideology, an identity, and goals that they both made reasonable attempts to act on and implement while in government.
    The Labour Parliamentary Party stand for absolutely nothing, sweet FA, exept their snouts in the trough.

    I made a tactical decision in the last GE to vote Labour No.1 for one reason and one reason only - to prevent a FG majority. It's the worst mistake I have ever made in 19 years as a registered voter. Instead of getting a FG government with a tiny majority that would have had to watch its step, I got an effective FG government with a massive majority that can, and does, act with impunity with absolutely zero fear that its policies can be outvoted by a small number of disgruntled backbenchers.

    If the wider Labour party don't overthrow its leadership, and collapse this government, then they have no future. They will be slaughtered.


    It is only a matter of time and the sooner the better. Labour have never had the bottle for the hard part of government and always bottle out when the going gets tough. Of course history will be temporarily hoodwinked by the weasel words of the Springs and the Rabbits who will say that there were lofty "national interest" reasons behind their copping out episodes. Unfortunately this time around Labour will be finally show up for what it is - a huge 100 year old sham.
    For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.

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