The last weekend
Although the election took place on Feb 25th, there were some loose ends to be tied up this weekend. At the local level we had a poster removal blitz which involved a number of ‘flying teams’ roaming through the constituency to take down all remaining posters. Climbing lamp posts has become second nature to some of our team and we are confident that we have done a clean sweep. However, if you spot an errant poster please do let us know. Apart from the posters we also collected several bags of unsightly plastic ties which had been left on many lamp posts. I am strongly of the view that we need to review election postering with a view to at least limiting the number of posters and making it absolutely obligatory that all ties are removed when posters are being taken down.
On saturday afternoon we rewarded ourselves with a delicious lunch in Michael’s of Mount Merrion.
Sunday at the O’Reilly Hall at UCD- in the heart of Dublin South- was a big day for the Labour Party. More than 1,000 delegates from all over Ireland met to debate the merits of the Programme for Government hammered out between Labour and Fine Gael over the last week. I felt immensely proud of our Party’s thoughtful and deliberative approach to the question in hand, whether or not we should enter into a partnership government. The atmosphere in the O’Reilly Hall was electric. After several hours debate, the special delegate conference voted overwhelmingly to enter government. I believe that the Labour Party now has a historic opportunity to shape the recovery of this country. I am confident that we will demonstrate to the people, why the Labour Party is entirely worthy of the trust that has been placed in us.