Tuesday 17 January 2017

Budget 2016 is a game of high stakes poker - and Labour must go 'all in'

Published 06/07/2015 | 02:30

Tánaiste Joan Burton criticised the behaviour of some protesters
Tánaiste Joan Burton criticised the behaviour of some protesters

In the words of one senior Labour figure last week, the latest opinion poll findings came as a "sucker punch" for the party.

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The 2pc drop in support - revealed just weeks after the momentous victory in the Marriage Equality referendum - simply wasn't part of the political script.

The fact that it coincided with a significant jump in support for Fine Gael caused even more bewilderment, and disappointment in Labour circles.

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