Labour needs new ideas to save its skin
Labour must be wondering what it has to do right. Alan Shatter loses a Garda Commissioner in the biggest crisis to hit the Coalition and it is Labour that takes the hit in the polls.
You do not need to be a genius to know that the party is acting as the "mud-guard" for the Coalition. The fact is they have had to swallow some core beliefs to cope with the mess left in the wake of Fianna Fail; Fine Gael and Labour deserve considerable credit for salvaging our economy.
But they deserve no credit at all for their failure to connect with the Irish people and to recognise the hardship and personal anguish that go hand and glove with searing austerity.
If Mr Gilmore wants to save his skin and that of his party, he must begin to take notice of the gulf that has opened up between the haves and the have nots in Ireland.