Saturday 22 July 2017

Labour rose still red, in case the workers forgot

But the party's gathering over Valentine's weekend was hardly a love-in, says John Drennan

TD Joe Costello, Lucy McRoberts, Dublin Central Councillor and Marie Sherlock at the Labour Party's one day Conference in Enfield.
Photo: Tony Gavin
TD Joe Costello, Lucy McRoberts, Dublin Central Councillor and Marie Sherlock at the Labour Party's one day Conference in Enfield. Photo: Tony Gavin

THE day after St Valentine's night can, if things don't go right, be an uneasy enough affair.

And in the case of Labour, despite the cheerful presence of the Irish ladies rugby team, there was more than a slight atmosphere of Halloween – rather than the hoped for spring tide of love – surrounding the party's pre-election gathering.

Outside the hall there was sleet, rain and pylon protesters, while the air was thick with the spectre of past promises and the spooks of elections to come.

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