Labour's Way is a two part series that looks at the fiery origins of the party, the characters that made the headlines, the internal heaves and the struggle for power.
Part One: Born out of the trade union movement in 1912, the Labour Party faced the reality of compromise in high office when it went into government with Fine Gael in the 40s and 50s. The party proclaimed the 'Seventies would be Socialist' as its more glamorous TDs dominated the airwaves. But after yet another austerity coalition in the 70s, the party faced the political wilderness until the 80s era of rotating governments. At the end of that decade, the young party leader Dick Spring faced an internal battle for control of the party that would push its very survival to the edge.