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Government stability not affected – Gilmore

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has insisted that government stability has not been affected by his resignation.

The former Labour leader stepped down from his post on Monday after the disastrous result for the party at the local and European elections.

And he admitted that both government parties feel “bruised” and are “carrying the battle scars of an election campaign”.

Mr Gilmore warned that the coalition has to “heed very clearly the message that the people of the country gave to both government parties, particularly to the Labour Party, last Friday”.

The former Labour Leader claims that he has been calling for “renewal” in government and in the Labour Party for the last number of weeks. His comments have sparked suggestions of a complete overhaul of the front bench.

“There has to be renewal both by the party and of the party,” he said.

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“I also think there has to be renewal in government and this is something I have been talking about for a number of weeks”.

He acknowledged that most people were not benefitting from the relative slow growth that has emerged in the recent times.

“During the course of the election campaign people said we understand what you had to do to rescue to the country from economic disaster but my household budget is down and it’s tightened and I have less money to 
spend.’

“I think the Government has to address that and it has to be addressed in future budgets.”

“The next phase for what the Government has to do is to ensure that the benefits of economic recovery are felt by people,” he cautioned.

The Dun Laoghaire TD stepped down ahead of a heave by fellow party colleagues.

A Gang of Eight’ Labour TDs and senators tabled a motion of no confidence’ in Mr Gilmore.

The group includes first time TDs Ciara Conway, Aodhan O Riordain, Arthur Spring, 
Michael McNamara, Ged 
Nash and Derek Nolan, as well 
as senator John Gilroy.

But several Labour TDs have slammed the manner in which the perceived young guns of the party rounded on Gilmore.

“I don’t agree with what 
they did. They didn’t consult me and I certainly would have advised them not to do it,” 
Dublin Bay North TD Sean Kenny said.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn was also fuming and said that the group should have personally addressed the matter with the former leader.

Although the motion of no confidence was tabled on Monday, Mr Gilmore said he had decided on Sunday night to stand down.

hnews@herald.ie


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