Ministers, aides, TDs and ordinary delegates all agreed on one thing at last weekend's Labour Party conference in Killarney: it would have been a very different conference if it had taken place a fortnight earlier.
The mood at the National Events Centre and the adjacent Gleneagles Hotel was positively jaunty - remarkable for the party that has been through, by any standards, a torrid year, marked by resignations at all levels of the organisation and...
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