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The frontrunners who may succeed Brendan Howlin as Labour Party leader

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THE leadership of the Labour Party is not the role it once was.

In 2014 the party went on a nationwide tour with hustings, extensive media coverage, and dozens of TDs and Senators doling out endorsements.

However, Joan Burton’s election was followed by two disastrous years as Tánaiste, and Labour’s role in inflicting austerity on the Irish people saw it massacred at the ballot box in 2016. It has not recovered under the leadership of Brendan Howlin, who confirmed he would be resigning on Tuesday.