Fiach Kelly: Grumbles against Gilmore fade as nerves settle
POLITICS is all about power: who has it, who wants it, and what everybody is doing to get more of it. Eamon Gilmore and Labour wanted it bad last year, and resorted to desperate measures in the election campaign to stop a Fine Gael overall majority.
Hence the "Frankfurt's way or Labour's way" line, Ruairi Quinn's pledge not to increase college fees -- thrown out by the first Budget -- and the "Every Little Hurts" Tesco-style attack ads on Fine Gael.
But after seeing his party into coalition, Mr Gilmore has been dogged by complaints that he hasn't been a powerful figure in Government, with Taoiseach Enda Kenny the more impressive performer, reversing the roles of both when they were in Opposition.