Pat Rabbitte: Will Bacik’s campaigning record be enough to change the fortunes of battered Labour?

Labour bears the brunt of blame for a myriad of ills, but like its expected new leader, the party has been behind some of this country’s most important moves towards social and economic justice

Ivana Bacik, Labour’s newest TD, is now set to become its next leader. Picture: Robbie Reynolds

“For many people on the Left, it has traditionally been the party one would never dream of joining, the party one is thinking of leaving, or the party one has just left. Nonetheless it continues to exist . . . often down but never quite out.”

This was the conclusion of John Horgan, the journalist, author and then Labour TD, writing about his own party in 1986. There are not many who would disagree with ...