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This is not the time for leadership challenge – Croke

Story by Sean McMahon

Tuesday, 29th April, 2014 2:56pm

This is not the time for leadership challenge – Croke

This week’s call by substitute MEP, Phil Prendergast, for the resignation of the Leader of the Labour party, Eamon Gilmore, TD, has send shockwaves through the party.
She says an urgent change of leadership is needed if the party is to avoid a wipe-out at the European and local elections. However, Labour party candidate in the Cavan/Belturbet electoral area, Mary Croke told The Anglo-Celt that this is not the time for a leadership change.
When asked if the leadership is an issue, Mary Croke said: “It depends on the outcome of the elections in three weeks time, and how many MEPs and councillors lose their seats. If, at that stage, the party is still doing very badly, there will have to be a look at the leadership.”
Ms Croke said raising the issue with three weeks to the polls is madness.
“In fairness to Phil Prendergast, she is a very good MEP. Unfortunately, the problem is that because of some of the mistakes people feel the party are making, she is getting punished for it and it is not her fault.”
Voicing her opposition to the water charges, Ms Croke feels that all the ministers in Government have lost touch with how much people are suffering on the ground.

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