Irish opposition Labour calls for parliament dissolution

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Ireland’s opposition Labour party called on Monday for an immediate dissolution of parliament and general election after support from within the government’s own ranks crumbled.

Public anger toward Ireland’s government -- led by Prime Minister Brian Cowen’s Fianna Fail party -- has reached boiling point over its perceived mishandling of the country’s economic and financial crisis.

“It is essential that we have a new government elected as soon as possible,” Labour leader Eamon Gilmore said in a statement published on the party’s website.

“My preference would be for a dissolution of the Dail (parliament) today and the holding of a general election at the earliest possible date provided for under law. This would allow the election of a new government by the middle of December.”

Labour is expected to be part of any new government, along with main opposition party Fine Gael.