Labour's positive campaign strategy pays off in byelection win

Bacik may have been ‘ideal candidate’ but there are signs Alan Kelly is making progress

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly and Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Labour Party leader Alan Kelly and Ivana Bacik. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

There was a subtle but significant change in how the Labour Party approached the Dublin Bay South byelection that went largely unnoticed.

Sure, its new TD Ivana Bacik swept the boards in middle-class areas of a largely affluent constituency. But she also performed much more strongly in more traditionally working-class areas of the constituency, coming second to Lynn Boylan of Sinn Féin in Ringsend, Irishtown and the south inner city.

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