Limerick councillor says he feels ‘let down’ by Gilmore

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Cllr Joe Leddin says he feels let down by party leader Eamon Gilmore
ONE of the most prominent figures in the Labour Party in Limerick says he feels let down by party leader Eamon Gilmore.

ONE of the most prominent figures in the Labour Party in Limerick says he feels let down by party leader Eamon Gilmore.

Cllr Joe Leddin, who works as parliamentary secretary to Housing Minister Jan O’Sullivan and also represented the party in the 2011 general election, spoke out after new polls this week showed a major slump in support for the party.

The Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll reveals support for Labour has fallen to just six per cent – the lowest level for 25 years.

Cllr Leddin said Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore had people believe there would be a change in the way the country is being run - but pre-election promises have been broken.

He said: “We are not protecting, as I believe we should be, those who we purport to represent. Families trying to rear children, elderly people, disabled people, the vulnerable and more marginalised than ourselves.”

But the former mayor says he will run as a Labour member next summer, saying: “The people will decide who are the best people to represent them on the new enlarged local authority next May.”