Labour unfairly tarnished in an unequal partnership
AMONG the downsides of being the junior coalition party is that the internal machinations of your bigger government partners can also hurt you a deal more than they should.
Thus Labour walks away from the events of the past 48 hours with its image additionally diminished. Opposition assertions that Labour is yet again "out of the loop" – this time on the events leading to the resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter – have a definite ring of truth.
So, less than three hours before the Taoiseach announced the resignation of Justice Minister Alan Shatter, Tanaiste and Labour leader, Eamon Gilmore, was left to publicly defend Mr Shatter. The Labour leader was obliged to publicly back the embattled Justice Minister while at the launch of his party's Dublin West by-election candidate Loraine Mulligan's campaign.