Burton looked like a finance minister who'd missed her stop'

A damp night in Dublin saw the closing stages of the fight to lead the Labour Party.

29th June, 2014
Alan Kelly, Ciara Conway, Michael McCarthy and Sean Sherlock. Picture: Feargal Ward

People flitted about the black-and-white tiled entrance of the Round Room in Dublin’s Mansion House, air-kissing and well-wishing.

It might have been the foyer of a theatre on opening night. But, as all present last Thursday were keenly aware, this was the closing night, the finale. Part-show, part-reunion, part-memorial service.

Outside, rain. Under a leaky awning, Joan Burton sashayed from one side of a Labour-branded upright to the other for a photographer. Inside,...

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