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Labour's battle to avoid death by a thousand cuts

Published 19/08/2013 | 05:00

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has urged the Egyptian authorities to show restraint
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has urged the Egyptian authorities to show restraint

POLITICS is a cruel business. This time three years ago, Eamon Gilmore could do no wrong. Labour, at 32pc in the opinion polls, was the State's most popular party for the first time ever. Gilmore's personal satisfaction rating was a multiple of the leaders of the traditional big-two parties.

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Today, Gilmore's satisfaction rating, at 16pc, is below Brian Cowen's 2010 level. The party's support, meanwhile, is one quarter of what it was back then.

Not even property prices have fallen that far, that quickly.

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