Gilmore Gale risks running out of puff
The Labour leader is struggling to keep election pledges and see off the Sinn Fein threat, writes Eamon Keane
Published 11/09/2011 | 05:00
WILL the real Eamon Gilmore please stand up? Where is the man who dominated the Dail when in opposition?
Last week an opinion poll showed Fine Gael gaining (up to 44 per cent) at Labour's expense (down to 12 per cent). Labour is now lower than Fianna Fail or Sinn Fein. A cabinet leak portrayed Gilmore as an invisible dunce sitting quietly at the table. All in all, it hasn't been a good week for the Galway man.
The Gilmore Gale blew strongly in opposition but now only registers as some soft rustle in the wind. Kenny is King, Gilmore a mere bit player idling in the background. A harsh assessment? Maybe, but the Labour leader has worse to come if he doesn't wise up. The curse of election promises on social welfare, health and education will haunt him, as will the ever-increasing rise of Sinn Fein.