Monday February 17, 2020

Marking their cards: the winners and the losers

If the coalition had lost this referendum, it would have been plunged into a deep crisis. It won, and that's important.

2nd June, 2012
Minister for European Affairs Lucinda Creighton and Fine Gael director of elections Simon Coveney celebrate, but for Labour it was something of a pyrrhic victory. Photo: Photocall

The first winners were the government parties. Never mind that it didn't feel like a triumph, or that ministers looked tired and relieved, not joyful and victorious. If the coalition had lost this referendum, it would have been plunged into a deep crisis. It won, and that's important.

But winning has had a cost, and it has left scars. Though it's not exactly a pyrrhic victory, Eamon Gilmore, in particular, won't want to have to...

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