John Drennan: Fine Gael 'envy' sparked Gilmore jibes, says Labour
Fightback as coalition partners blame jealous Fine Gael ministers for 'dithering' claims
TOP-LEVEL Labour sources have launched a counter-offensive against the attempt last week to portray Eamon Gilmore as a dithering, invisible presence in Cabinet.
At the Labour Party think-in, the Tanaiste dismissed the story as representing little more than "tittle-tattle". But the 'Quiet Man' Gilmore story has stung enough to inform a campaign to rescue the leader's public image.
Speaking to the Sunday Independent, senior Labour figures said the anonymous claims were actually informed by envy among certain Fine Gael ministers about the powerful position Mr Gilmore and Labour hold within Cabinet.