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# Labour Pains

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# The left way
Gerry Adams just can't see the point of Labour in government
But a Labour Party TD says that’s a “bit rich”.
# The Rabbitte
Consigned to the knacker's yard, Pat Rabbitte doesn't know if he'll run again
The former communications minister has given a typically outspoken interview to Newstalk today.
# Impartiality
Joan Burton thinks RTÉ got a bit too excited about the water protests (but RTÉ doesn't agree)
The Tánaiste has joined those in government criticising the broadcaster’s coverage of water charges.
# Labour Pains
Ruth Coppinger asks Joan Burton: 'Are you embarrassed?'
She also compared the Tánaiste to Margaret Thatcher.
# State of the Nation
What can Labour do to win back support?
Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…
# Questions being asked
Did Labour break its own rules to make this man one of its most senior officials?
While there are no concerns about David Leach’s suitability for the role of general secretary it may not have been done in line with the Labour’s own constitution.
# Labour Pains
This glamour model sold tickets to watch her giving birth, and the internet went crazy
(The tickets are now sold out.)
# Work to be done
Here are 6 big challenges facing Joan Burton as the new Labour leader and Tánaiste
She’s won the race to be leader but the hard work starts now for the new Tánaiste.
# Labour Pains
Labour drops to just 4 per cent in latest poll
A sharp fall for the junior coalition party in the latest opinion poll.
# Labour Pains
Grassroots Labour group to call for renegotiation of the Programme for Government
Campaign for Labour Policies believe the Labour party should withdraw from coalition if Fine Gael doesn’t give them ‘everything they want’.
# Analysis
Labour's choice: Joan Burton is the favourite, but Alex White is banking on his message of renewal
Barring a late entrant one of Alex White or Joan Burton will be the next leader of the Labour Party and Tánaiste.
# contest
'I'm the right person at the right time': Alex White joins Joan Burton in contest for Labour leadership
The Minister of State at the Department of Health has promised to “bridge the disconnect” between his party and voters.
# The Mourning After
The contenders: Labour's leadership battle is taking shape, but one minister has ruled himself out
Brendan Howlin and Alan Kelly have both said they will decide on their intentions in the next 48 hours.
# Labour Pains
Eamon Gilmore resigns as Labour Party leader
The announcement comes after it emerged today that two motions of no-confidence in his leadership would be tabled in coming weeks.
# Analysis
Eamon Gilmore's 'job of work' is over, but what next for the Labour Party?
He agonised over it, but the Tánaiste realised that Labour would be best served by his departure. The question now is whether it is enough to save the junior coalition party.
# Not to be
VIDEO: In his last big interview, Gilmore firmly believed he'd be Labour leader in 2016
The Tánaiste sat down with to discuss the recent problems facing the coalition and his future in government exactly a week before he announced his resignation.
# Labour Pains
Scapegoating, inevitable, the right thing to do - Everyone wants their say on Gilmore's resignation
Colleagues and opposition politicians alike have been reacting to the news, with most Labour TDs saying the party needs some new direction.
# Meet the new boss
Here's how Labour will select their new leaders
We should have a new Labour leader and deputy leader by 4 July, all going well.
# Labour Pains
Eamon Gilmore to face two no-confidence motions
The Labour leader is under pressure following the party’s disaster at the polls over the weekend.
# mad as hell
Labour senator: I'm tired of being bullied by Gilmore's henchmen
John Whelan has said the party’s leadership has become out-of-touch with voters and arrogant.
# Labour Pains
Rabbitte: I'm sorry we weren't able to deliver on our promises
The Communications Minister was asked whether he thought people who voted Labour in 2011 were due an apology…
# Labour Pains
Joan Burton: The Labour Party has taken a shellacking from citizens
Joan Burton insisted she has confidence in Eamon Gilmore at the count centre in Citywest today but the endorsement appeared lukewarm.
# Labour Pains
'If John The Baptist was leading Labour, we wouldn't have done any better'
The Minister for Communications says that there is “no plot” to overthrow Labour leader Eamon Gilmore.
# Full interview
VIDEO: Gilmore on whether he still wants to be Taoiseach, running in 2016 and the reshuffle
Watch our full, wide-ranging interview with Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore at’s offices yesterday.
# Awkward
Standing beside Eamon Gilmore, Phil Prendergast says she still wants him to resign
Labour was launching its local and European election manifestos in Dublin today.
# No Love on the tracks
Bus and rail union tells members: don't vote for Fine Gael or Labour
The union says that plans to privatise the bus network would see their livelihoods ‘decimated’.
# Labour Pains
Labour Senator's attack on election rival continues amid calls to withdraw 'sexist remark'
An image, posted by Lorraine Higgins’s social media accounts, branded Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan a “turkey”.
# Labour Pains
Phil Prendergast will canvass with Gilmore - even though she doesn't want him to lead Labour
The Tánaiste said he has a “very frank discussion” with Prendergast in his office earlier today.
# Election 2014
Eamon Gilmore will be hoping Europe's top MEP can ease his Labour pains
It’s been a tough 24 hours for the Tánaiste but he has a big visitor today.
# Labour Pains
Gilmore: No, Phil... I'm not quitting
A Labour MEP threw a spanner in the works of Labour’s election campaign this morning by calling for Eamon Gilmore to resign…
# Analysis
The first opinion poll of the European elections has focused minds... and sharpened knives
There’s plenty for the political parties and the independents to think about after the first European election poll at the weekend.
# unhappy gilmore
'A distraction that shouldn't have happened': Labour slams MEP over Gilmore 'quit' call
Party members have been delivering a united message this morning, criticising Phil Prendergast for not ‘holding her nerve’ amid bad poll results.
# Your Say
Poll: Should Eamon Gilmore step down as leader of the Labour party?
MEP Phil Prendergast made the call following the party’s poor performance in recent opinion polls.
# For the chop?
Labour MEP says Gilmore has to go, endorses Joan Burton for leadership
Phil Prendergast’s call comes in the wake of an opinion poll that put support for her re-election bid in Ireland South at just 4 per cent.
# Labour Pains
Government takes a beating in new opinion polls
But it is good news for Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil.
# Election 2014
'It's not personal': Senator challenging Phil Prendergast for Labour MEP nomination
Labour senator John Gilroy reckons he would have a better chance than incumbent MEP Phil Prendergast of holding the party’s seat in Ireland South.
# Labour Pains
The 29 councillors who have left the Labour Party over its role in government
It’s not a list which will make good reading for Eamon Gilmore or those still in the Labour Party…
# Labour Pains
Number 28: Mallow town councillor is the latest to resign from Labour
Jerry Mullally has quit the party today.
# Labour Pains
'It's not popular to be in Labour': Party not surprised by Dermot Looney's departure
That’s now 27 councillors who have left the party since it went into government with all of them citing coalition policies as one of their reasons for quitting.
# Colm Keaveney
Confirmed: Former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney joining Fianna Fáil
The surprise move by the former chairman of the Labour Party will see him join Fianna Fáil’s parliamentary ranks in the Dáil. He will not run for Europe next year as had been expected.