Gilmore becomes party whipping boy as history repeats itself
The posters said 'Gilmore for Taoiseach.' Today, they are being viewed as an act of political hubris, but they once seemed to capture the public mood. A Red C poll in December 2010 revealed that 45pc of people believed the Labour leader would make the best Taoiseach, putting him far ahead of Enda Kenny and Brian Cowen.
The posters certainly had a novelty value. Ireland has never had a Labour Taoiseach, though few people remember that the first leader of the Labour Party in the post-independence era only lost out on becoming head of government because a drunken TD missed a crucial Dail vote.
The year was 1927 and the political context was Fianna Fail's ground-breaking decision to take the Oath and enter Dail Eireann.