Labour leader Eamon Gilmore has resigned as the leader of The Labour Party. This comes after the party received a “shellacking” from the electorate in the local elections. During his resignation speech, Gilmore said that he took full responsibility for the party’s poor performance in the local elections and that he was sad to see many great councillors lose their seats. He also told onlookers that he would be contesting the next general election, despite rumours that he would be hanging up his boots and calling it a day.
Gilmore said that the party needed a new leader in order to “recover, regroup, renew what we’re doing.”
Here are some reactions to the news:
Labour Senator John Whelan commends Gilmore on resignation. “Unfortunately [his resgination] comes too late for many of my party colleagues”
— Shane (@scary_biscuits) May 26, 2014
Gilmore looks like a deer caught in the headlights.
— Eden McLaughlin (@The_E_HD) May 26, 2014
Gilmore steps up to the guilloti…. err podium.
— Ar Aghaidh (@ArAghaidh) May 26, 2014
Eamon Gilmore about to resign as leader of @labour with a massive pension!
— Conor Mac an Ucaire (@ConorFuller) May 26, 2014
— Alison O’Connor (@alisonoconn) May 26, 2014
Le gach dea mhein d’Eamon Gilmore&family.Crisis 4the Govt is not about personalities.It is about policies.A change of policyor Govt needed.
— Gerry Adams (@GerryAdamsSF) May 26, 2014
— Anthony O’Donovan (@anthonyodonovan) May 26, 2014
— Órla Ryan (@orlaryan) May 26, 2014
They still don’t get it… Labout lost because they are all champagne socialists. They didnt lose because of Gilmore.
— Charlie Melia (@charleymelia) May 26, 2014
Labour will have three former leaders on its front bench — is this a record?
— Fintan O’Toole (@fotoole) May 26, 2014
— Drivetime RTE (@drivetimerte) May 26, 2014