Saturday 18 November 2017

Lots of red roses but no red lines as Labour gets ready for battle

TDs Ciara Conway and Anne Ferris with Labour leader Joan Burton at the party think-in at the Glenview Hotel in Wicklow
TDs Ciara Conway and Anne Ferris with Labour leader Joan Burton at the party think-in at the Glenview Hotel in Wicklow
Alan Kelly TD at the Labour Party think-in
Lise Hand

Lise Hand

There was melon at the Labour Party think-in. But - for a change - not too much melancholy. Just inside the door of the Glenview Hotel in Glen of the Downs was an elaborate tableau to greet members of the parliamentary party as they arrived for their two-day collective cogitation.

There was a Labour Party logo (complete with big red rose) fashioned from a large slab of cake-icing, flanked by two melon sculptures, which also featured the Labour Party red rose. And behind the icing logo stood a figurine made of chocolate, which looked eerily like Fianna Fáil's Willie O'Dea.

But assurances were given that the presence of a chocolate Willie was simply coincidence, rather than a confectionery hint about a new electoral pact strategy being planned by the junior coalition party.

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