Labour between the rock and the hard place
Labour Party junior minister Ann Phelan has ensured every option for the junior coalition party's strategy going into the next general election is now on the table. The party is trying to pick the least worst option. A body of opinion within the party believes Labour must go it alone, unburdened by a formal alliance, which may merely prove beneficial to their coalition partners.
The party leadership is gradually moving towards a vote transfer pact with Fine Gael. The logic being applied here is that the voters are more likely to link both parties anyway, so they may as well benefit from any transfers on offer from Fine Gael supporters.
And a message of solidarity between the parties at least presents the electorate with an option for the next government, highlighting the lack of cohesion on the opposition benches and the lack of any cohesive alternative.