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John Drennan: Labour's Macbeth, haunted by past glories and foes

John Drennan on how Eamon Gilmore went from an Aras victory to being less popular than Gerry Adams

Published 24/11/2013 | 01:00

INVISIBLE MAN: Some Labour backbenchers have 'pleaded with Eamon Gilmore to take a domestic post'
INVISIBLE MAN: Some Labour backbenchers have 'pleaded with Eamon Gilmore to take a domestic post'

One of the more unfortunate features of that unique political creature known as the Irish Labour Party is how its name attracts negative headlines about 'hard Labour' or 'Labour pains' or the 'Laborious party' or even 'Labour's love lost'.

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As we enter the run-up to Labour's annual conference next week, all these lines will be disinterred when it comes to the eternal sick man of Irish politics and its struggling leader.

On one level, it might, however, be more accurate to suggest that Mr Gilmore is suffering from a bad case of George Best syndrome.

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