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00136568Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore (centre) with, from left, Emmet Stagg, Kevin Humphreys and Ruairi Quinn.

 In return for one last spin on the merry-go-round for its ageing leadership, Labour would destroy itself….

..They’ve been ruthless in doing whatever it takes to keep the party on the road to its own doom: knifing Joan Burton, who was too embarrassingly right about the bank bailout to be given an economic ministry; losing the stalwart vote-getter, Willie Penrose; backing James Reilly’s clientilism over Róisín Shortall’s principles; painting the party’s chairman Colm Keaveney as a flaky traitor because he was loyal to the party’s stated policies. If voters needed examples of how to politically assassinate Labour politicians the party’s leadership has shown them the way.

Labour Leaders Keep Party On Road To Its Own Doom (Fintan O’Toole, Irish Times)

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)