Howlin is new leader of Labour Party
Published 20/05/2016 | 15:33
Wexford's own Brendan Howlin has succeeded Joan Burton as the new leader of the Labour Party.
Deputy Howlin was named Burton's successor without an election taking place after Deputy Alan Kelly failed to get any of his fellow TD's to support his nomination for leadership.
Deputy Kelly didn't attend the press conference unveiling Deputy Howlin as leader on Friday afternoon, a fact Deputy Howlin said he was very disappointed int.
'I am very disappointed Alan Kelly did not show up today," Mr Howlin said. "I will be ringing him after this press conference.'
In an interview with News at One, the new leader said he had 'no trouble' with Mr Kelly and he would be an 'intrinsic part of the Labour Party'.
'I have spoken to him for many hours. We have different views. But a decision has been made under the Constitution of the Labour Party.'
Following the press conference Deputy Kelly released a statement saying: 'I wish Brendan Howlin well as leader of the Labour Party and congratulate him on what is a proud day for him, his family, friends and supporters.
'Over the past week I sought to ensure that the leadership of the party would be chosen by the members, by way of a contest and a democratic election.
'I further thought that a shortened contest would allow for re-engagement with our members and ensure a contest based on vision and ideas for the future direction of the party, where the best candidate would emerge with a clear mandate.
'The rest of the parliamentary party took a different view to what I believe is the members wish and entitlement. I want to thank the huge volume of members who have confirmed that view to me.'