Faithful believe lady in waiting can lead them back from brink
Many Labour inmates of Leinster House do not love Joan Burton – but soon they may have to at least pretend to honour and obey her.
As she told the nation "the limits of austerity have been reached", it became increasingly likely that ordinary Labour members may be ready to believe she might lead them back from the brink.
Minutes after she arrived on the plinth outside Leinster House, exactly at the appointed time of 2.30pm yesterday, it looked like the Labour Party leadership was hers to lose. In the hours before she formally launched her candidature many backbench TDs and some senators conceded that the feedback from their local members, who will ultimately decide, were "strongly pro-Joan".