Labour needs to put away the shovels and stop digging its own political grave
Eamon Gilmore will assess the electoral damage that has ripped through his party this morning from behind a mahogany desk in Iveagh House at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Nestled in the leafy luxury of St Stephen's Green, only a mile away is Liberty Hall, the spiritual home of the Labour Party.
Although geographically close, the two buildings might as well be on different planets when it comes to public perception and politics. Which begs the question, what is he doing there in the first place? As he analyses the Labour seat losses all over the country he might ruminate that things simply cannot get any worse. But, in politics things can always get worse.
In the military, brilliant generals are said to possess "coup d'oeil" – which translated from the French, means "power of the glance", the ability to immediately see and make sense of the battle field.