The Labor Party Executive meets today to decide the nomination process and election of leadership which will see Ivana Bacik selected to succeed Alan Kelly.
It will then decide the rules for the electoral process and the timeframe for nominations – although there is likely to be only one candidate, Ms Bacik.
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The board will make its own rules in accordance with the process so far, a spokesman said, and the nominated period is expected to be just one week. If no other candidates emerge, Ms. Bacik will be elected by acclamation. She was unavailable for comment yesterday, part of a strategy of silence since the political coup against Mr Kelly as leader took effect.
She said when approached on the day of Mr Kelly’s fall: “My lips are sealed.”
Since her election in Dublin Bay South last July, Ms Bacik has repeatedly failed to clarify questions about a position still open to her at Trinity College.
The Oireachtas Register of Members’ Interests shows that she has long claimed a career break from her university teaching post.
The former Reid Professor of Criminal Law explains on her official Oireachtas filing that she has not practiced law in 11 years.
Her old post has been filled by an assistant who is believed to be permanently ‘temporary’.
Ms. Bacik has not waived GDPR rights for disclosure of the situation.
Nor has she stated whether it is her intention to resume her TCD position and whether it would be appropriate for a placeholder to lose his position when she returns to academia.
The problem arises because most other politicians have no financial safety net since a similar system of keeping vacancies for teachers who become TDs has been scrapped.
Yesterday, Mr Kelly said Ms Bacik will be “almost certainly” the next party leader.
After announcing on Tuesday that he was stepping down as leader, Tipperary’s TD said he had not yet made a decision on whether he would run in the next general election.
Labor TDs Duncan Smith and Aodhán Ó Ríordáin both ruled out running for the leadership and said they support the party’s newest TD, Ms Bacik.
“Ivana will almost certainly be the next leader now, and I want us to move forward,” Kelly said tip today Broadcast on Tipp FM.
Ms Bacik won her seat in the Dáil after winning the Dublin Bay South by-election last year after former Fine Gael housing minister Eoghan Murphy resigned.
The seat gave a major boost to the Labor Party, which has been stagnant in the polls.
Asked if winning deputy Bacik contributed to Mr Kelly being asked to step down as chairman, he said: “I don’t think she’s a very honorable person.”
The Labor leader said he was hurt his colleagues had met privately and that they had lost confidence in his leadership, but said it was “politics”.
“Am I hurt? Yes, maybe,” he said. “Politics is a tough game, I keep saying this, it’s tough and I think we need to do something about it as a society. Politics has gotten really, really difficult.”
Mr Kelly said if he knew what he knows about politics now he might never have addressed it as social media has made it more difficult and they are “constantly on”.
Asked if he resigned as leader not because of the opinion polls but because his peers believe his leadership is distant, Tipperary told TD: “I’m not sure.
“I’m not sure to be honest with you, when you’re in politics it can be quite a lonely job,” he added.
“It can be extremely difficult and extremely stressful.
“This is another fork in the road.”
Mr Kelly said he has not yet made a decision on whether he will stand as a candidate in the next general election.
“I don’t believe in rushed decisions, I’ll probably take a week or two off,” he said. “I haven’t made a decision.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/politics/bacik-to-the-future-as-labour-prepares-its-process-to-confirm-leader-in-waiting-41413855.html Bacik into the future as Labor prepares its trial to confirm the leader-in-waiting