Brendan Howlin: ‘Labour put Ireland before the party’

Interview: Party’s leader says he is ‘absolutely determined’ to lead its recovery

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Labour leader Brendan Howlin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

It was January. Outside it was winter, but inside the Mullingar hotel the mood was so sunny you had to wear sunglasses.

Reading back on reports of that pre-election Labour Party conference now, it is astonishing how blind they were to the raging hurricane rushing their way.

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