Joycean Joan and almost-new Alex treat late-arriving Labour faithful to a scoreless draw
UH-oh. It was all looking a bit ominous in the room in the Clayton Hotel in Galway. It was 10 minutes before the next round of the Labour roadshow was due to kick-off, and there were approximately three men in the hall. There wasn't even a dog on a string in sight.
A week ago the Labour Party membership were swinging from the lightbulbs in the Radisson Hotel in the Dublin Airport at the first of this series of hustings, but a week can be a very very long time in politics. (Just ask outgoing Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore).
Where was everybody? Were they all down in Spiddal and Salthill, soaking up the glorious sunshine on the western seaboard?