Monday 20 November 2017

Eamon Gilmore: from people's hero to dead man walking

Where did it all go wrong for the Labour chief who is fighting to save his job?

Can Gilmore see off a leadership heave?
Can Gilmore see off a leadership heave?
TESTING TIMES: Labour Party leader, Eamon Gilmore, casting his vote in the local and European elections in Shankill, Co Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA
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Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

How do you go from being the most popular political leader in the country by far to the least, who is now fighting to save his job?

How do you go from being the voice of the people to being as unpopular as Brian Cowen was in the weeks before his disgraced administration fell?

Well, you could say that the troubles for Eamon Gilmore began on the day Labour went into government on March 9, 2011.

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