Earnest yet clunky memoir that gives away very little

Memoir: Inside the Room: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Crisis Government; By Eamon Gilmore; Irish Academic Press, €18.95

15th November, 2015
Eamon Glmore: he acted in good faith. Picture: Feargal Ward

The conventional, cynical wisdom about Gilmore is that he was unable to resist power at any price in 2011, and so led Labour into a disastrous coalition with Fine Gael, which cost Gilmore his own job, which now threatens apocalypse on the party, and from which it may never recover.

I don’t believe that is correct. If Gilmore was interested only in power, the obvious thing to do would have been to resign from coalition in...

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