'Ashbourne Annie' key to Labour vote
A Coalition voting pact is not on the table but an agreement is likely ahead of the election
In dimly-lit backroom offices, Labour strategists are plotting the party's escape from political obscurity after the next general election.
There is a real fear that Labour will be decimated, and in the worst-case scenario, left with just five sitting TDs. But the party is not ready to give up.
Strategists are targeting the ever increasing cohort of Independent voters, many of whom are disillusioned Labour supporters whom they believe can be lured back to the party.