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Labour has lost its core values, says resigning councillor

Bobby Fitzgerald said the policy being pursued by the national party is leading to “untold hardship”.

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A TIPPERARY COUNCILLOR is to resign his seat and leave Labour over concerns that the party has “lost its core values”.

In a statement to TheJournal.ie, Bobby Fitzgerald confirmed he is formally resigning his Labour seat on South Tipperary County Council.

“It is regrettable that I have taken this course of action,  however, I feel that the policy and the agenda pursued by the Labour party at national level is leading to untold hardship and misery to ordinary families and people which the Labour party should represent.”

The Carrick on Suir resident believes the party needs “real leadership” instead of forming part of a government that supports an economy which “benefits a few at the expense of most”.

He said he now intends to spend more time with his family and concentrate on his business interests (he is a managing partner and founding member of an accountancy and consultancy firm in Tipperary).

“I will continue to be a vibrant and an active member of the community and work at all times to ensure and achieve that the town will be a better place for its entire people irrespective of their political persuasion.”

Fitzgerald’s resignation and statement are not the first signs of tensions at grassroots level. But cracks have also become visible higher up the chain. Chairman of the party Colm Keaveney, who was elected by delegates at the annual conference last April, has already lost the whip for voting against the Social Welfare Bill in 2012. He is one of five TDs who are now excluded from the parliamentary party for dissent.

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