History will be kind to pragmatic Gilmore
For evidence of the fickleness of political life, look no further than Eamon Gilmore.
This time four years ago he was the most popular politician in the State, the no-nonsense, 'call it as it is', real leader of the opposition. This was confirmed in a June 2010 opinion poll showing Labour in first place for the first time ever. There was heady talk of 'Gilmore for Taoiseach'.
Not only did he not make it to the job of Taoiseach but, despite leading his party in 2011 to its best electoral performance, he won't even be Tanaiste beyond July 4 next.