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Party blew off course when the Gilmore Gale signed up for austerity

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Published 27/05/2014 | 02:30

Eamon Gilmore, then president of the UCG (now NUI Galway), speaking to protesting students at the Galway County Buildings at Prospect Hill in Galway on December 5 1974.
Eamon Gilmore, then president of the UCG (now NUI Galway), speaking to protesting students at the Galway County Buildings at Prospect Hill in Galway on December 5 1974.
Eamon Gilmore on a Workers Party leaflet
Eamon Gilmore with wife Carol after the 2011 general election

Long-term forecasts dating back to before the 2011 election predicted that the 'Gilmore Gale' was blowing the Labour Party off course.

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The Tanaiste would have done well to heed the warning that he was heading for the rocks.

Eamon Gilmore then urged the electorate to vote for "Frankfurt's way or the way of the Labour Party" – but as it turned out, all roads led to austerity anyway.

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