Saturday 27 May 2017

Let's remember Gilmore was equally mercenary in his treatment of Burton

Joan Burton was the last of Labour’s cabinet nominees to be summoned to see the then party leader, Eamon Gilmore, at which point she was given just 60 seconds to accept or reject the role of Social Protection Minister
Joan Burton was the last of Labour’s cabinet nominees to be summoned to see the then party leader, Eamon Gilmore, at which point she was given just 60 seconds to accept or reject the role of Social Protection Minister
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Eamon Gilmore has depicted Joan Burton's treatment of him as ruthless and cruel in his new memoir, but don't be fooled into thinking he was some guileless naïf.

In a widely publicised extract from his new book, the former Labour leader has made much of his hurt feelings after he was summarily dismissed from cabinet by his successor.

"I have just been court-martialled and I am to be shot at dawn," he confided to a senior civil servant, after he was dumped by Burton in a meeting lasting just two minutes last year.

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