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Tipp TD Alan Kelly to resign as Labour Party leader

Tipp TD Alan Kelly to resign as Labour Party leader

Tipperary TD Alan Kelly is set to resign as Labour Party leader.

The exact reason for the timing of his departure remains unclear though there has been unhappiness with his leadership style in the parliamentary party for some time.

The failure to see any significant increase in the polls for the Labour Party is another factor.

Kelly was elected Labour leader in April 2020 - taking over from Wexford TD Brendan HowlinΒ  - when he beat Dublin Bay North TD Aodhan O'Riordain to the post, but rang supporters of his within the party last night to inform them of his decision.

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A process for selecting his replacement has yet to be put in place with the parliamentary party due to meet.

O'Riordain and TD Ivana Bacik are considered the frontrunners.

However, Wexford Labour Councillor George Lawlor says reports of internal strife reported by the Irish Examiner are incorrect.

Speaking to Beat News, he says it's a results-led decision.

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"I have to say absolutely not, no internal strife.

"Just looking at the reality of things, what we're seeing on the basis of ongoing poling data would indicate that people aren't buying into our message, and the buck stops with the leader.

"But certainly no internal strife, we've always been a unified party, even though we've had political spats over the years.

"Internal discussion, but certainly no internal strife."

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