O’hArgain says Prendergast leadership call is ‘crazy’

The call by Labour Party MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, for the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as Labour Party leader has been described as‘absolutely crazy’ by former Mayor of Kilkenny and local councillor Seán Ó hArgáin.

The call by Labour Party MEP for Munster, Phil Prendergast, for the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as Labour Party leader has been described as‘absolutely crazy’ by former Mayor of Kilkenny and local councillor Seán Ó hArgáin.

He called for Ms. Prendergast to concentrate on campaigning and selling her own and her party’s message to voters in the next three weeksand to desist from publicly damaging the party.

“The anger I have received on the doorsteps today from long-standing Labour supporters at this morning’s call by MEP Prendergast has been palpable. The tradition of our party has always been to roll up our sleeves and fight for what we believe in. I am lucky to have had my best ever election team working with me and that active and vibrant campaign we are running is now being threatened by a senior party figure running to the media with criticism of our party leader when she has not even discussed the matters concerning her face to face with that leader. That is not the way to do business in my view,” said Mr O’hArgain.

He beleives that the message the party needs to see is the work done by councillors like himself over the past ten years.

“We are also able to point to huge improvements in jobs and achievements in the way our party has protected the most vulnerable in our society and we must fight to defend the way we have fought for Labour values,” he added.

He called on Labour supporters to hold their nerve and not “react in panic at poor opinion polls.”