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Burton's way or Brussels' way? There's only ever going to be one winner there, Joan

Published 03/06/2014 | 02:30

Joan Burton. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne
Joan Burton. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne

Burton's way or Brussels' way? That is the question the woman who would be Tanaiste appears to be asking, echoing the ill-judged words of the man she hopes to replace.

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When in opposition in the run up to the 2011 General Election, the now soon-to-depart Tanaiste, Eamon Gilmore, famously took on the might of the European Central Bank. Grasping the lectern in the Labour Party's campaign headquarters, he promised that he would lay down the law to the ECB if elected. Labour's way, he said with utter assurance, would trump Frankfurt's way.

It didn't, of course, and his words have returned to haunt and humiliate him with great frequency.

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