Monday May 25, 2020

Pat Leahy: If Eamon Gilmore made fateful decisions for which he and his party paid the price, he did not make them for selfish, malign or improper reasons

Politics is peculiar, often combining great sentimentality with brutal ruthlessness.

1st June, 2014
It is a fact that the state needed a lot of money to keep going, and the markets were not prepared to lend it.

Politics is peculiar, often combining great sentimentality with brutal ruthlessness. For political leaders, there is the challenge of marrying the high purpose they espouse, with the often grubby compromises inherent in a system of government and politics based on agreement and dealmaking. All these were evident in the later career of Eamon Gilmore.

As Ireland careered towards bankruptcy in late 2010 and early 2011, Gilmore made two fateful decisions. Both would define the rest of his career.

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