Friday 20 April 2018

Labour will always struggle while the whole is less than the sum of its parts

Eamon Gilmore TD will not run in the next election
Eamon Gilmore TD will not run in the next election
James Downey

James Downey

Eamon Gilmore led a party of 37 deputies into the Dáil in 2011. It was a record: almost four times the party's normal representation.

Ever since, and notwithstanding the current improvement in the economy, it has been pretty much downhill all the way.

The departing leader has a sense of humour, though it mostly goes unnoticed by the people who listen to his well-constructed but unexciting speeches. He has explained his decision to leave politics by saying that "I wanted to finish the game, but I was carrying a lot of injuries."

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