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Labour poll wipeout could derail Coalition

'Big Brother' Fine Gael might regret relegating its lesser Labour sibling come the May elections

Published 16/02/2014 | 02:30

Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte
Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte

Those who are wondering about a recent bout of scratching in the Leinster House wainscoting should be assured there has been no invasion of mice. Instead, the sound is the familiar brave attempt to get some of the electorate to "think of the women and children" of Labour who have been so terribly good in government.

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As the Labour brethren gathered in humble Enfield, Co Meath, rather than the RDS, even their most optimistic have conceded the struggle to reconnect with the electorate has been a Grimm sort of a nightmare.

They've tried the gay civil marriage thing, indeed they are still trying, but, that hasn't worked. Now Eamon Gilmore faces the danger that, having elected three MEPs in 2009, the party is poised to come back with none.

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