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John Downing: Time to play your only card, Labour – but be sure of your game plan first

James Downing

Published 29/03/2013 | 17:00

Downcast Labour candidate Eoin Holmes leaving the Meath East by-election count centre at Donaghmore GAA club in Ashbourne
Downcast Labour candidate Eoin Holmes leaving the Meath East by-election count centre at Donaghmore GAA club in Ashbourne

SO THE time has come for Labour to play the 'renegotiate the Programme for Government card' which it has been holding in reserve for just such a dire circumstance as this.

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Labour took an even more ferocious kicking than expected at the Meath East by-election polls. "It's a disaster for Labour – but little wonder," said Nessa Childers, the Labour MEP unloved by the party leadership.

We can assume that the 'small wonder' amounted to their candidate, Eoin Holmes, coming fifth instead of the fourth with an even more minuscule vote than everyone had predicted.

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