James Downey: Only in opposition will Labour renew the party's vision
Two and-a-half years ago, the Labour Party "signed up for the duration". It joined a Coalition with Fine Gael aimed at serving a full five-year Dail term.
It seemed a good idea at the time. Or did it? I was one of those who thought otherwise.
Good or bad, it was as predictable as flowers in spring. The two parties jointly had an overwhelming Dail majority. They still have, notwithstanding the latest bunch of Labour defections, the earlier departures from Labour and the removal of the Fine Gael whip from the deputies who voted against the abortion bill.