Gilmore deserved more loyalty from Labour
Surely no surprise that the only way was down for Eamon Gilmore from November 11, 2011 onwards. The surprise was the speed of his downward journey, and his own members' efforts to expedite it.
It took a mere 30 months for Eamon Gilmore to go from being "most successful Labour Party leader ever" - to being driven out by his own.
On November 11, 2011, a beaming Mr Gilmore stood beside Labour's stalwart, Michael D Higgins, as he took office as Uachtarán na hÉireann. The day Michael D had won, Labour had also become the first government party in three decades to win a by-election, as Patrick Nulty was elected in Dublin West, adding to the party's record number of 37 TDs elected in that February's general election.