Wednesday 13 December 2017

Labour party will be swept away if it just plugs holes in dams that need to be rebuilt

Former Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with party colleagues before last week's disastrous elections for the party
Former Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore with party colleagues before last week's disastrous elections for the party
James Downey

James Downey

Joan Burton wants to serve a full term as leader of the Labour Party. In the unlikely event that she fails to win the prize, any alternative leader would presumably say the same.

At the next general election, Ms Burton says she hopes that her party will win enough seats "to enable us to form part of the next government".

Obvious enough ambitions. Modest enough, too, one might think. They are a recognition of two facts. One, the end of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition could come long before the deadline, April 2016. Two, the minor party has no certainty – some would say, no chance – of returning to office.

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