Saturday 18 November 2017

Editorial: Labour leader faces the biggest test of his career

Labour is reaping the harvest of its own overblown rhetoric
Labour is reaping the harvest of its own overblown rhetoric

EAMON Gilmore faces very challenging times ahead. The most successful Labour Party leader in history has had a very difficult two years. On March 9, 2011, he led 37 Labour TDs into Leinster House, heading the largest ever party grouping at Leinster House.

In October 2011, the party won the presidential election and had the first by-election win by any government party in almost 30 years. Now, just 30 months later, it requires effort to actually recall those Labour high points as it has had more than its share of low points ever since.

This weekend, the Irish Independent/Millward Brown opinion poll indicated the party is in danger of losing all three of the European Parliament seats it won in 2009. It follows a slew of other polls, which do not bode well for the party in local council elections.

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