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Fact-checking is so passé… December 15, 2012

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.

Noel Whelan in today’s Irish Times:

The Labour Party has had many splits in its history. In the 1950s it divided into two parties. In later decades, its involvement in coalitions gave rise to monumental internal struggles and, in the early 1980s, even led to the defection of a Labour Party leader to Fine Gael.

Not exactly.


1. doctorfive - December 15, 2012

was there a Derek Keating going for the Labour Chair or is he getting mixed up there also?


irishelectionliterature - December 15, 2012

Derek Nolan went for the Chair along with Keaveney and Brian O’Shea. Keating is FG TD for Dublin Mid West used to be an Independent (was in FF before that I gather).
I’ve Nolans leaflet for that contest posted http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/derek-nolan-for-chairperson-of-the-labour-party-leaflet/

I’m actually surprised by Whelans inaccuracy, but then again those FFers could tell you how many times Dev went to the toilet on some foreign trip but nothing about other parties.


doctorfive - December 15, 2012



2. Branno's ultra-left t-shirt - December 15, 2012

Whelan’s book on FF wasn’t any great shakes. Not one thing in it from the various De Valera, Aiken or MacEntee archives for example. Based mainly on other books about Irish politics I think.


3. Jolly Red Giant - December 16, 2012

The article is actually historically inaccurate – the split in LP occurred in 1944 when Larkin joined. The split rejoined in 1950 – Larkin died in 1947.


tomasoflatharta - December 16, 2012

The comments on factual inaccuracies in Whelan’s article are spot on, but should not put teaders off the text completely. It is a good assessment of Labour’s weakness. Interesting news reports elsrwhere that 1 LP Senator, Denis Landy of Tipperary may wobble on the Social Welfare Bill vote, and that the government might not be guaranteed victory on this issue in the Leinster House upper chamber. It seems this might delay implemrntation of Joan Burton’s cuts by 90 days.


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