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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

Published 16/02/2014 | 02:30

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.

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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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