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Labour Leadership Race Starts Today

Kim Buckley
Kim Buckley

9:32 AM - 15 Feb 2020



The race to become the next leader of the Labour Party officially gets underway today.

It comes after Brendan Howlin confirmed earlier this week that he would be stepping down from the role.

The party lost a seat in last weekend's general election, meaning they will return to the Dáil with only six seats.

The executive board is meeting today to set out the rules of the process and appoint a returning officer.

Tipperary TD Alan Kelly confirmed on Thursday night that he will be a candidate while other possible contenders include Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and Ged Nash.

Cork East TD Sean Sherlock has said he will not contest the race.

The process is expected to last around six weeks.

The new leader will be decided by a majority vote of the party membership.

Mr. Howlin was appointed leader in 2016 after the former Tánaiste Joan Burton resigned from the role after the election that year.

Mr. Howlin, who was returned as a TD last weekend, said on Twitter yesterday that he appreciated the support of the people of Wexford re-elected him.

He said: "I will proudly serve as their TD, but it's time to pass the Labour leadership to a new generation.

"I'll ask our Executive Board to arrange a process. A bright future lies ahead, with many new candidates in the party."



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