Why Labour will hoover up votes at next election
The rise of Gilmore leaves Fine Gael's Kenny floundering in his wake, writes Eamon Delaney
It was once said of a previous Fine Gael leader that, if it was raining soup, he would be running around with a fork. Alas, it is the same with Enda Kenny. Despite turmoil in the public finances and a collapse in Fianna Fail support, he is completely unable to take his party any further in terms of public popularity -- and nor is he likely to.
The latest poll figures confirm this, with Labour galloping ahead. This is only official confirmation of what has been apparent to political observers, and borne out by private opinion polls -- that Labour is going to clean up at the next election.
This is no surprise. In terms of political debate, Labour leader Eamon Gilmore continues to be the winner, still avoiding policy detail, however irresponsibly, and instead dealing with the big picture in spirited and compelling rhetoric.