Sunday 21 January 2018

Labour has a lot more to lose in European poll than resurgent FF

Will Joan Burton be the next Labour leader?
Will Joan Burton be the next Labour leader?
John Downing

John Downing

Micheal Martin had better be very nice to Mary Fitzpatrick. His chances of continuing as Fianna Fail leader into the summer rest with her hopes of winning back a European Parliament seat in a little over six weeks' time on May 23.

We could very well say the same about Eamon Gilmore's prospects of continuing as Labour leader and Emer Costello's chances of holding on to the Euro seat she was co-opted into in February 2012. Things are pretty febrile inside both parties right now.

The curious thing is that within Fianna Fail there is no real apparent alternative to Micheal Martin as leader. Yet in the middle of last week there were minor rumours that some within the parliamentary party were talking broadly about the need for leadership change.

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