A SENIOR adviser to Labour deputy leader has dubbed today "Black Tuesday" after the party posted a dismal performance in a new opinion poll.
Karen O'Connell, an adviser to Ms Burton in the Department of Social Protection, wrote on her Twitter account this morning: "Shall call today Black Tuesday. That is all..."
Ms O'Connell claims the tweet is a reference to the dull weather, but it was retweeted by Ms Burton's daughter, Aoife Carroll, and Rebecca Moynihan, a Labour councilllor in Dublin city.
It came after Labour polled just 6pc in a new opinion poll, down three points and a whopping 20pc behind Fine Gael, 16pc behind Fianna Fail and 17pc on Sinn Fein, which is the second most popular party on 23pc.
Independents and others are on 21pc, which means Labour is second last, only ahead of the Green Party on 1pc.
Billie Sparks, Labour's Women's and Equality Officer, also described the tweet as "pretty apt".
Shall call today Black Tuesday.. That is all...— Karen O'Connell (@karenmaryo) October 1, 2013