Sunday 4 December 2016

'Labour pains' to go on right up to polling day

Published 26/10/2015 | 02:30

The sea-change could mean the end of the long-serving ‘point five’, also known as Labour
The sea-change could mean the end of the long-serving ‘point five’, also known as Labour

Labour are probably at their most lethal when you start feeling sorry for them. And there are grounds for having sympathy for the Irish Labour Party today. They 'won' Budget 2016, leaving their dabs all over the package jointly presented by their own Brendan Howlin a fortnight ago.

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But the voters are not minded to acknowledge any such thing. The Red C poll in the 'Sunday Business Post' puts them on 7pc - down three points and getting on for a mere third of the vote they got in the last general election in February 2011, returning them an all-time record of 37 TDs.

Any way you look at it, Enda Kenny's "E-A-R-L-Y spring" and the next General Election are now a span of time best denominated in weeks. Those 'Labour pains' will continue all the way until polling day.

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