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02nd Mar 2022

Alan Kelly expected to stand down as Labour leader – report

Dave Hanratty

Alan Kelly Labour stand down

An official announcement is anticipated on Wednesday evening.

Alan Kelly is expected to stand down as the leader of the Labour Party, according to reports emerging on Wednesday (2 March).

Per the Irish Examiner, Kelly’s position is under major scrutiny following “months of internal strife within the party”.

It is understood that Labour TDs will hold a meeting to discuss future plans, with Kelly’s leadership a noted “source of concern” for party members.

Kelly is expected to make a public announcement regarding his future at 7pm on Wednesday.

Kelly has led Labour since April 2020, following the resignation of Brendan Howlin two months prior.

Upon his election to head of the party, Kelly received 55% of the overall vote from party members.

The Examiner report cites criticism of Kelly’s approach and overall vision for Labour, with the party continually stagnating in public opinion polls.

The most recent such poll, carried out by the Sunday Business Post / Red C, saw Labour unchanged with a 4% overall rating.

In contrast, Sinn Féin remains unchanged at 33%, Fine Gael dropped by a point to 20% and Fianna Fáil increased slightly by two points, moving up to 17%.

Staffing issues are also said to be a significant subject of anxiety within the Labour party.

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