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'The public have lost confidence in you. It's.. time to GO' LABOUR PAINS FOR GILMORE; COUNCILLOR SLAMS LEADER.

Byline: SARAH BARDON Political Reporter sarah.bardon@mgn.ie

EAMON Gilmore has lost the confidence of the public and needs to quit as Labour leader for the party to survive, it was claimed yesterday.

The Tanaiste came under attack from one of his councillors who urged him to do the best for the party and walk away.

Brian Collins said: "The public have lost confidence, at this stage they have lost interest in Eamon. He was a very good leader in opposition.

"Unfortunately we didn't follow through on promises. I wouldn't say that is necessarily the fault of the party, I would say that is overwhelmingly the fault of the leadership of the party.

"When we were knocking on doors and following through on what we read in manifestos and what we read in literature, we were doing it in good faith.

"People believed us in good faith but there was someone somewhere who knew we wouldn't be able to deliver on them. We shouldn't have had to make promises when they weren't going to come to be."

A new opinion poll this weekend showed how the Tanaiste is now more unpopular than Brian Cowen was shortly before he was booted out of office.

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Mr Gilmore's party's support also crashed with 8% of those asked saying they would give them their vote.

Mr Collins said he apologises and empathises with people who elected Labour but claims spin doctors and advisors made liars of them all.

He added: "We broke faith with the public, I don't think it is my fault. I don't think it is the fault of the ordinary members of the party down the country.

"I don't think it is the fault of most of the members of the parliamentary party but there was a cabal at the centre of the party that decided lets just go for broke, they made promises we did not need to make.

"We didn't have to get reckless with promises."

Mr Gilmore is now easily the most unpopular party leader with 71% of those asked saying they were unsatisfied with his performance.

Just 16% were happy with the way the Tanaiste was doing his job.

This is two points below Brian Cowen's popularity in 2010, shortly before he was forced from office.

Drogheda Cllr Pio Smith told LMFM radio he was not surprised by the polls, adding: "We have suffered a large drop in the polls in comparison to where we were in 2011.

"As a party we need to have a critical look at ourselves and how we pitched our message in 2011."

Irish Mirror Comment: Page 10

71% Of the Irish public are unsatisfied with Eamon Gilmore's performance as Tanaiste

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