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    The State of the Labour Party

    The State of the Labour Party

    It’s something of a cliche when we talk about “an extraordinary 24 hours in politics” but yesterday certainly wasn’t your average day at Leinster House. By lunchtime we had details of the eight signatories to the request for a “no confidence motion” in Eamon Gilmore’s leadership of the labour party. And by four o clock Mr. Gilmore was announcing his intention to resign. What now for the labour party, its leadership and the stability of the government? During the interview, Lorraine Higgins said that she had received death threats through social media. Joining Sean was Fionnan Sheahan, group political editor of independent ...


    Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is the leader of a party which is sliding in the polls and seeing more and more defections from its inner ranks. He’s also deputy prime minister at a critical time for the country with another tough budget looming, plans being made about for our exit from the bailout programme and voting on two referenda coming up next month. And if all of that’s not enough he’s the Minister for Foreign Affairs at a time of crisis in the Middle East.

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