Tuesday 6 December 2016

When Labour lost its way, and its leader

What matters from here on in is not so much the future of the party as that of the Government

Published 01/06/2014 | 02:30

Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (right), the Labour Party chief and Foreign Affairs Minister in the coalition government announces his resignation as the leader of the Labour party in front of his ministerial colleagues at the department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. PA
Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore (right), the Labour Party chief and Foreign Affairs Minister in the coalition government announces his resignation as the leader of the Labour party in front of his ministerial colleagues at the department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. PA
Former Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with party colleagues before last week's disastrous elections for the party

Lest we forget, history was made at the tail end of what was a tumultuous week in domestic politics, and it was this – Pat Rabbitte passed a television camera for the first time without stopping to talk. Well, almost...

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The Minister for Communications was on his way into Iveagh House to hear the resignation speech of his leader Eamon Gilmore when it happened. As he scurried past waiting reporters, he was asked for a comment, but he kept going, head down as though the matter at hand – the resignation of his leader – was too grave an event for him to be bothered talking to the media at that moment.

Almost, because he paused a few metres on to make an arrangement: he would be available to talk when the grave matter at hand, the fall of a second minister in a month, had come to pass.

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