Monday 23 April 2018

Labour caves in and meekly follows the Kenny agenda

Eoghan Harris

Eoghan Harris

Last week started well for Eamon Gilmore. He gave a robust defence of Labour's record with Sean O'Rourke. Also, according to the Irish Times report, his speech at the British and Irish Association seemed both pluralist and politic.

But a closer scrutiny of Gilmore's speech showed that having apparently reached out to Unionists, he retreated again behind a hedge of qualifications. And his strong interview with Sean O'Rourke was soon subverted by Alex White's Seanad campaign.

Let me pause for a moment to distinguish between Fine Gael and Labour positions on Enda Kenny's effort to abolish the Seanad. Fine Gael has a proud Seanad past: Senators Alexis Fitzgerald and James Dooge are but two of its illustrious names. Many in Fine Gael have no appetite for abolition.

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