Joan Burton to resign as Labour Leader

From the Irish Times;

Ms Burton is to meet her parliamentary party tomorrow and The Irish Times understands she will confirm her resignation.

It is understood deputy leader Alan Kelly and former minister of state Sean Sherlock plan to contest the party leadership.

Former minister for public expenditure Brendan Howlin will not challenge for the position.

It is understood Mr Howlin was only willing to seek the role if there was no contest.

Labour’s constitution requires a leadership contest if the party is not in government after a general election.

If Ms Burton resigns immediately after a taoiseach is elected, deputy leader Alan Kelly will replace her as a caretaker leader until an election for a new leader is held.


  • chrisjones2

    Sensible and shows dignity

    Would that some others might do the same and let their Parties move on

  • SeaanUiNeill

    “……If it were the whole generation, so much better for the nation,
    But since its just [Joan]…..There’s no more to be said…….”

    Apologies to Byrom, I think.

  • Jag

    She’ll be remembered for leading her party to its worst general election result in its 104-year history, but it was her immediate predecessor Eamon Gilmore who did most of the damage (in the local elections 2014, Labour got 7.2%, not far off the 6.6% in the 2016 general election).

    Her performances at Leaders Questions were woeful in the extreme, and you could see the likes of Kevin Humphreys cringing as he sat dutifully beside her. Her performance as a social welfare minister too, was woeful with a slew of mean cuts. She was an idiot to take the environment minister job for Alan Kelly who has presided over the Irish Water mess and the housing crisis (it says a lot about the calibre of what’s left in Labour that he’s the favorite to take over).

    “All political careers end in failure” said Enoch Powell. That is certainly true of Joan Burton.

  • ted hagan

    Why does Labour always blow it when it has a sniff power in Dublin?. If I never heard Pat Rabbitte, Eamon Gilmore or Joan Burton spouting waffle I’d be a happy man.

  • John Collins

    Every small party, except Labour, that ever went into coalition in the ROI disappeared. The Farmers Party in the 30s, Clann na Poblactha and Clann na Taluin in the 40s/50s and the PD, 80s/90, all joined coalitions and subsequently quickly disappeared

  • Eoin Fogarty

    I really wonder if Alan Kelly knows how unpopular he is, yet still considers running.

  • Roger

    Labour bucked the trend.
    In 2011 it had its best election ever, after going in and out of multiple coalitions in Ireland.

  • the rich get richer

    Joan Burton was an out of touch (with the public) leader in an out of touch party.

    They had a great run but you cannot fool almost all of the people all of he time.

  • John Collins

    That is true Rodger, but you must remember there is at least one major left leaning party in almost every European country, at least since about 1920, and that never materialised here.

  • Roger

    Left and right are so vague in this context that I don’t know how helpful the concepts are.

    Was Tony Blair’s Labour really any more left wing than Bertie Ahern’s Fianna Fail?

    if one compares the UK and Ireland, Ireland’s supposedly right wing governments have created:
    – a jurisdiction that (in my opinion – open to other views) has better social protections for the poorer sections; and
    – an overall higher tax jurisdiction, albeit corporations pay lower tax.

    Neither of those seem like right-wing achievements. I definitely have my own PoV but to me Ireland is a left wing country, though I appreciate it’s not alone in Europe. It’s government does take over half a person’s marginal income above a very modest threshold etc.