Labour’s 1997 meltdown

Many believe that voters deserted Labour in 1997 for going into coalition with Fianna Fail in 1992.

20th January, 2007

Many believe that voters deserted Labour in 1997 for going into coalition with Fianna Fail in 1992. This belief is strongly held in the Labour Party and elsewhere. Dick Spring entered into a coalition deal with Albert Reynolds in 1992 having used extremely harsh anti-Fianna Fail rhetoric in the years preceding the election.

It’s thought that Spring was punished by voters in 1997 for being hypocritical. In fact, the truth is more complex.

The phenomenon of Labour’s...

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