Brian Harris steps down as Labour chairman in Carlow-Kilkenny

THE Labour Party constituency chairperson, Brian Harris, Danesfort has stepped down at the constituency AGM. in Bagenalstown and that he will not be offering himself for re-election to any post within the party.

THE Labour Party constituency chairperson, Brian Harris, Danesfort has stepped down at the constituency AGM. in Bagenalstown and that he will not be offering himself for re-election to any post within the party.

Mr Harris is a Community Welfare Officer and on Saturday he will transfer from the Community Welfare Service of the HSE to the Department of Social Protection.

He will make the transition from a Public Service employee to a Civil Servant and because of the position he holds he will no longer be permitted to engage in political activity.

In his address to the AGM, Mr Harris, who stood as the Labour Party candidate in the Callan Electoral Area in the local elections of 2009, called on the party to build on gains made in national, European and local elections. He emphasised the need for the party to manage the economic recovery in a way that coupled economic recovery with the preservation of a society that cares equally for all its citizens. He also stressed the need for the party to constantly listen to the voice of the public and not to become removed from the public in the way that the last government had.

In outlining his wishes for the party Mr Harris said that he hoped to see Michael D Higgins elected as the next President of Ireland, that the party would continue to grow its representation in the Oireachtas and finally, that Labour would win a seat in the Callan Electoral Area in the local elections of 2014.