Newbridge Town Councillor Damian Molyneaux will resign from the Labour Party this evening due to a self-confessed disillusionment with the party’s politics.
His decison to leave has been slammed as “disappointing” by a Labour spokesperson who went on to suggest that Cllr Molyneaux no longer has the “the stomach for the fight”.
“I’m resigning tonight,” Cllr Molyneaux, whose mother Cathleen and grandmother Katie were both founder members of the Labour’s Newbridge Branch, said today.
“I am disillusioned with the whole lot. I am on the ground and I have been in houses in Newbridge where children and adults are going hungry and in households where they can’t afford to send their children to school. They can’t afford the uniforms and the cost of the books.
“I have been in several houses recently where there is no food on the table. I spoke with ten people last night who are homeless. They can’t get the rent allowance so the land lords have to ask them to leave - they have no choice. People are afraid to see who will be at the door, whether it’s a bank or a sherrif.”
Cllr Molyneaux has no plans to join another party, unlike his former Labour party colleague and Athy Town Council Cathaoirleach Cllr Thomas Redmond. In another blow to the local Labour branch, Cllr Redmond announced this week he is jumping ship to Sinn Fein.
“I have no plans to move to another party,” he said. “If a new socialist party was set up with a belief in helping everybody I would be interested. Some people are waiting six months to get social welfare. There are people out there who work for €7.50 a day and can’t get social welfare. Too many people are suffering. I will be an independent councillor and with the goodwill of the people in Newbridge I will be able to make a change.”
A statement in response from the Labour Press Office, in response to Cllr Molyeaux’s resgination, said that: “When Labour entered government we knew difficult decisions would have to be made, and it’s disappointing that some people don’t have the stomach for the fight.”