Elections: where next? New Labour leader must find a place in a right-left world

The results of last week's elections show that the great recession is continuing to remake Irish politics, writes Pat Leahy.

1st June, 2014
Joan Burton has thrown her hat into the ring in the contest to lead Labour. If she wins, the challenge will be to find a new place for the party in what is a changed political landscape. Picture: Feargal Ward

Eamon Gilmore became the latest political casualty of the great recession last week, in another demonstration of how this traumatic and disruptive period is changing the decades-old certainties of Irish politics, and therefore of Irish society.

Just as they did not end with the general election of 2011, the changes are unlikely to stop here. The new Labour leader – to be chosen between Joan Burton and Alex White – will have to grapple with...

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