Hugh O'Connell: Burton pays the price for Labour’s demolition

As junior partner in an unpopular government, the electorate were always going to punish Labour and its leader

15th May, 2016
Joan Burton stepped down as party leader last week Pic: RollingNews.ie

As hard as she tried, Joan Burton, who resigned as Labour leader last week, was unable to save her party from electoral meltdown. Some in Labour believe the die was cast when the party was unable to honour the promises it made during the 2011 general election once it got into government. Others argue, retrospectively, that a big policy win early in her term of leadership might have saved the party.

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