Sunday 11 December 2016

Joan ventures into cyberspace in quest for redemption

Published 04/06/2015 | 02:30

It's a long way back to anything like their record vote haul under Gilmore in February 2011
It's a long way back to anything like their record vote haul under Gilmore in February 2011

Almost one year on and Joan Burton is ready to go back on the road. It was a move which served the Labour leader well last year as she took off on a series of meetings with members all over the country. The result was that she was convincingly elected as the new party leader in place of Eamon Gilmore, who had suffered calamitous local and European Parliament election results in May 2014.

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For a time Ms Burton even got an opinion poll bounce and it looked as if a brave new world beckoned for her and the junior coalition partner. But soon Labour's slump resumed and now an election beckons - at most 10 months away.

The first meeting with an economic theme kicks off this evening in Dublin with the title 'Decent Incomes, Real Opportunities'. Others will follow over the next six weeks in Cork, Limerick and Galway as the party tries to build on its success in the same-sex marriage referendum and take the fight to the general election hustings in a political tour called 'Opportunity 2016'.

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