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Sunday 26 March 2017

Labour likely to win just 10 seats in next election

Polls slide raises new questions over Gilmore's leadership, as party figures call for a 'Plan B'

'DENIAL': Sen John Whelan warned against complacency
'DENIAL': Sen John Whelan warned against complacency
John Drennan

John Drennan

LABOUR TDs and senators are alarmed at recent opinion poll findings, which indicate that the party will win just 10 seats in the next General Election – a prospect that has raised renewed questions about the leadership of Eamon Gilmore.

Speaking to the Sunday Independent, Senator John Whelan last week warned: "People are in a state of denial and delusion if they think it's impossible, just because we've been around for a hundred years, that we won't be obliterated like the Greens and the PDs.''

And Mr Whelan slammed what he said was the current culture of "despairing acceptance". He said: "We have to break out of that mode and become more forcible."

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