Thursday 30 March 2017

Don't underestimate survivor Gilmore, but May elections' big winner will be Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain arrive for the unveiling of the Sinn Fein billboards, advertising and new posters across Dublin for the Euro and Local elections at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald, Gerry Adams and Caoimhghin O Caolain arrive for the unveiling of the Sinn Fein billboards, advertising and new posters across Dublin for the Euro and Local elections at Leinster House. Photo: Tom Burke
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

THERE are few things more unseemly than a political party imploding. All pretence about shared goals and ideologies go out the window. Panic sets in. It's every man and woman for themselves.

The Labour Party has not reached that point yet. But the weekend's extraordinary attack on Eamon Gilmore by Phil Prendergast suggests it might not be far off.

For now, Gilmore can, and will, shrug it off. The MEP's case is certainly diminished given her comments came so soon after a poll showing her at 4pc. This is also a politician who came sixth in a three-seat constituency in Tipperary South on the day of Labour's greatest electoral performance.

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