Saturday 25 February 2017

Niall O’Connor: A frenzied game of hunt the leak has taken hold of Labour

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Tanaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton (right) hugs Rose McKinney (age 77 from Cabra) during a visit to the 'I Believe' Christmas Village in Dublin
Tanaiste and Labour Leader Joan Burton (right) hugs Rose McKinney (age 77 from Cabra) during a visit to the 'I Believe' Christmas Village in Dublin

Labour has become a political party gripped by paranoia since the details of an internal analysis of the upcoming General Election was published in the media.

TDs, senators and party officials have for the past 10 days been embroiled in a frantic and forensic Sherlock Holmes-style investigation in order to establish who was behind the alleged leak.

The analysis itself, which was detailed in this newspaper as well as others, claimed that party figures with a direct role in its election strategy fear losses of more than 20 seats are on the cards unless Labour's fortunes improve. This conclusion has already been deduced from the party's national poll rating. Labour currently stands at 7pc, according to the latest opinion poll published last week.

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