Sunday February 23, 2020

Thrive, survive, fail to stay alive: how the leaders will fare when the dust settles

Once all the votes are counted, some party leaders will celebrate, others will leave and some will have serious decisions to make

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

9th February, 2020
Catherine Murphy and Róisín Shorthall, co-leaders of the Social Democrats, speaking to the media outside Leinster House during Election 2020 Picture: Sam Boal/

The 2016 general election was a bruising one for party leaders, with five of those who entered the contest not making it to this year’s one. Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton lost her seat, Labour’s Joan Burton resigned as leader two months after the election, and both Enda Kenny and Gerry Adams stepped down midway through the Dáil term. Stephen Donnelly’s time as one of the three co-leaders of the Social Democrats ended when he...

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