Comrade Chairman Keaveney — a careerist or a Labour maverick on the way up?
By Tony Galvin
‘CONTINUITY Fianna Fáil” is what the Labour Party’s newly elected chairman Colm Keaveney dubbed some of the more vociferous protesters who made the headlines when they broke through a Garda barrier outside his party’s conference at NUI Galway on Saturday.
Like many Labour delegates, he probably watched the protest with some nostalgia for the days when the riot squad was more likely to be deployed on the conference floor to break up the traditional internecine feuding that was the hallmark of such events.
But this conference was a tame affair — by Labour standards. The only blood-letting involved Colm Keaveney giving Party Leader Eamon Gilmore a bloody nose by whipping the post of chairman out from under the appointed successor.
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