Tuesday 21 August 2018

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

Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Ger_Hore
Labour Party leader Brendan Howlin. Photo: Ger_Hore
Kevin Doyle

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?

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