Uneasy bedfellows

The continuing spat between Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte and trade union leader Mick O'Reilly has prised open an age-old dilemma for Labour supporters over coalition pacts with Fine Gael.

26th March, 2005

The continuing spat between Labour Party leader Pat Rabbitte and trade union leader Mick O'Reilly has prised open an age-old dilemma for Labour supporters over coalition pacts with Fine Gael.

In a colourful skirmish, Rabbitte described O'Reilly, the ATGWU leader, as a “hurler on the ditch'‘ for criticising the Labour/Fine Gael pre-election pact following the Meath and north Kildare by-elections.

Labour finished fourth in both constituencies, and there is some anxiety that...

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