Wednesday 7 December 2016

Gilmore enjoyed highest of highs and lowest of lows with Labour

Published 03/06/2015 | 02:30

Eamon Gilmore has long been one of the most polished performers at Leinster House
Eamon Gilmore has long been one of the most polished performers at Leinster House

Eamon Gilmore will continue to hold the accolade of being Labour's most successful leader for quite some time to come. But much good it did him when his party colleagues came calling on the morning of Monday, May 26, last year.

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After big losses in local council and European Parliament elections just days earlier, the Labour TDs and senators wanted him out. And by 4.30pm he announced he was standing down as leader.

At the time, it was hard to believe that just 30 months earlier, Gilmore had been on the highest of political heights. After leading a record Labour 37 TDs to Leinster House in February 2011, his party went on to take the office of President that October, and on the same day recorded a first by-election win by a government party in almost 30 years.

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