Friday 9 December 2016

James Downey: Gilmore has big plans but no Big Idea to back them

Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00

Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is framed against his teleprompter at the party's conference at the National University of Ireland campus in Galway at the weekend
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore is framed against his teleprompter at the party's conference at the National University of Ireland campus in Galway at the weekend

EAMON Gilmore wants to lead the next government. He would say that, wouldn't he? It's a very proper ambition for a party leader, and on Saturday night he gave it a little more credibility by announcing that he would run sufficient candidates in the next General Election to make Labour, if they get good enough results, the biggest party in the Dail.

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But no opinion poll, and no analysis -- in so far as any detailed analysis is possible at this stage of the game -- suggests that it could be a realisable ambition.

At most, it is conceivable that an election could return Labour as the second biggest party. Almost all the polls have put Fine Gael first, Fianna Fail second. And every commentator agrees that the likeliest outcome is a Fine Gael-Labour coalition.

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