Friday 19 January 2018

Low-profile Gilmore must light a fire under Labour

Did Eamon get his mojo back on his holiday? That's the question on many lips during these last days of summer concerning the Labour Party leader and his failure, so far, to get into first gear in government.

It's not that Eamon Gilmore has had any major howlers in his time as Tanaiste, but nor has he made any major impression. He's been largely eclipsed by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, a situation which was almost exactly the opposite when the two were in opposition. While power has seen Enda growing in stature, it has seen Eamon diminished, and it's difficult to know why exactly.

It's hard to remember anything significant Gilmore has done or said since entering government, and usually he seems to be following in Enda's wake, such as coming out and saying there would be no further reduction in social welfare rates (after Enda said there would be no tax hikes), or his criticism of the Vatican regarding clerical abuse (after Enda made his historic speech on the matter in the Dail).

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