Gilmore's grim priorities

The Labour leader has made it clear that maintaining government unity is more important than Róisín Shortall or primary care centres - but there will be a price, writes Pat Leahy.

29th September, 2012
Eamon Gilmore with Róisín Shortall: her resignation was an unintended demonstration of the Labour leadership's realpolitik.

It has been, by any definition, a wretched few weeks for the coalition government. It has tripped, bungled and squabbled its way into the autumn political term, resuscitating the shambolic aura that first arose during the debacle on the household charge earlier this year.

Health cuts, threats of early elections, an embarrassing climbdown on public sector allowances to avoid a showdown with the unions, a worrying European rebuff and now a woman overboard - the...

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