Stephen Collins: Bacik win points to place for Labour in politics

Instead of chasing SF populism, Labour needs to articulate vision for Republic

 Newly-elected Labour TD Ivana Bacik  in the Dáil. Dublin Bay South was the right opportunity at the right time and she took it. She should have a safe seat there at the next election. Photograph:  PA

Newly-elected Labour TD Ivana Bacik in the Dáil. Dublin Bay South was the right opportunity at the right time and she took it. She should have a safe seat there at the next election. Photograph: PA

Ivana Bacik’s arrival in the Dáil chamber this week has finally given the Labour Party something to cheer about.

After five years of misery since the great election disaster of 2016, the byelection victory in Dublin Bay South came in the nick of time and provides at least a glimmer of hope for the future.

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