Labour now under attack left, right and centre
The party's hopes for an easy win have been dashed by a surge by Sinn Fein and the United Left Alliance, writes Eamon Delaney
'This election is turning into a proper open contest, which will also have that rarity in Irish politics -- ideological polarities'
JUST when we thought the next election was in danger of becoming a mere coronation for Labour and Fine Gael, with the only question being how many seats each would get in the face of a Fianna Fail collapse, the poll is actually turning into a proper open contest, which will also have that rarity in Irish politics -- ideological polarities.
On the centre right, we have Shane Ross and a number of similarly inclined independents, while on the left, the Labour party is under attack from a re-energised Sinn Fein and the United Left Alliance (ULA), which comprises People Before Profit and Joe Higgins' Socialist Party, and is fielding up to 18 candidates.