Monday May 25, 2020

Labour’s pains: after austerity, not enough prosperity follows

The coalition party expects a shellacking at the polls, but there are some hopeful signs

1st March, 2015
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Labour leader and Tánaiste Joan Burton addressing the Labour Party conference in Killarney Picture: Barbara Lindberg

The Labour Party gathers in Killarney this weekend with angry protesters outside the gates and deeply querulous delegates inside.

These are nervous, twitchy times for Labour. Its experience in government, implementing a severe programme of austerity in the hope that fixing the public finances would stimulate economic recovery, has been excruciatingly difficult, far worse than it has been for Fine Gael.

On its own terms, the austerity has “worked”: the economic recovery is strong and...

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