Wednesday 21 March 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Gilmore hasn't a shred of credibility left

The Labour leader's two-faced approach to a second vote on Lisbon is shocking, writes Gene Kerrigan

EAMON Gilmore's reputation was severely damaged last week -- and few seemed to notice or care. Given the further dreadful things about to be done to this country, it's hard to get worked up about the slings and arrows afflicting a here-today-gone-tomorrow politician -- even a Tanaiste.

But what has been revealed about Gilmore is shocking and his reputation was exploded by his own words. His efforts last week to claim he did nothing wrong dug him a deeper hole.

When the Irish Independent began running extracts from US State Department cables, released by Wikileaks, who'd have thought the leader of the Labour Party would feature in dispatches from the US Embassy? There he was, a confidant of Uncle Sam -- caught explaining in private that his "public posture" was the opposite of what he truly believed and intended doing. But it was "politically necessary".

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