Labour at odds over leader election process

Labour at odds over leader election process


File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016
Former Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

Members of the Labour Party in Clare are at odds over how their party leader should be elected.

The party held it’s AGM in Clare last night and members discussed the election process.

Party chairman in Clare Dermot Hayes has said that some members want a greater say and input into the election process.

Panel chair Dermot Hayes and Professor Martin Naughton
Labour party chairman in Clare Mr Dermot Hayes (left)

Mr Hayes also suggested that party leader should not necessarily need to be a sitting TD.

Brendan Howlin was elected as the 12th leader of the party on Friday after Alan Kelly TD failed to secure a seconder.

Former Clare Labour TD Michael McNamara has disagreed with the idea however.

Currently, only members of the parliamentary party take part in the election process.

He said the party needs to move on from the controversy over the leadership contest and that people are more interested in issues that affect their everyday lives.


Mr McNamara believes the current system is the most suitable one.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.