If the 'centre' is to hold then Labour needs a second wind
Lost amid the din of people who moan about everything, Labour needs a roadmap to relevance, writes Kevin Doyle
The Labour Party. Remember it? For decades the party was the acceptable face of left-wing politics in Ireland - until it wrote its electoral obituary in the style of a Tesco advert and got washed away in a tsunami of water charges.
Ireland still has a two-and- a-half party system, but as minds begin to turn towards the next election it's becoming abundantly clear the 'half' is empty.
Sinn Fein has expressed interest in a coalition with Fine Gael or Fianna Fail for the first time, but can we really sustain seven months of talks such as are currently happening in Northern Ireland?