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
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...
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.