Is Burton really that keen to lead party into electoral meltdown?
TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore had an announcement to make at the Labour Party's think-in event in Meath. He was going to travel around the country to talk to Labour councillors ahead of next year's local elections.
But Social Protection Minister Joan Burton quickly chipped in to make it clear she had beat him to the chase. She told Labour TDs and senators she had been touring the country for 18 months talking to Labour councillors and party members.
It was a perfect example of the rivalry between Labour's two most senior figures.