Saturday 17 March 2018

Born under a lucky star – but will Joan's good luck extend to party's future?

Joan Burton with her daughter Aoife Carroll
Joan Burton with her daughter Aoife Carroll
Ms Burton as a young woman.
John Downing

John Downing

'JOAN Burton is like Marmite – you either really like her or you don't like her at all."

That was the verdict of one long-time political associate on the woman who has spent her adult life as a Labour Party activist, and who now leads the battle for that party's very survival.

"She doesn't listen. And I don't mean that as a way of saying she won't do what you want her to do. I mean that all too often she simply does not listen at all. She is too busy thinking about something else and too often she is the one talking," another Labour stalwart offers.

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