Finlay: Labour has less than a month to find purpose and direction
Labour is looking at a potential disaster in the next General Election unless drastic changes are made, according to former party advisor and CEO of Barnardos, Fergus Finlay.
However, he was reluctant to say whether he thinks there needs to be a change in leadership within the party.
Labour has so far only managed to obtain 50 seats in local councils around the country - half of its total from the last local elections in 2009.
Mr Finlay says the party needs to quickly begin to reconnect with its voters.
"Well I didn't come in here to call for Eamon Gilmore's head, I didn't come in here to pick an alternative to Eamon Gilmore," he said.
"And I'm not going to do either of those things.
"I think it now for the parliamentary party to decide soberly, honestly, how you begin again.
"The party has less than a month to find a new sense of purpose and a new sense of direction, to begin to reconnect with its own voters."