Are Labour being damaged by focusing too much on issues such as gay marriage and abortion rights while the people's main concerns are related to jobs and the economy?
Senior Labour party figures think so. Last weekend's Sunday Independent quoted a statement from rebel party Chairman Colm Keveney who took issue with the importance Gilmore attached to gay marriage:
The Sunday Indpendent also quoted a "senior party figure" who was dissatisfied with Gilmore's focus on gay marriage and abortion:Mr Keaveney cited Mr Gilmore's description of equal marriage rights as the "civil rights issue of our generation".
But he said: "These are not the issues that are leaving many families and individuals worrying over how to pay their bills and to retain the ability to raise their children with dignity.
"Unfinished estates and the fairness and objectivity of the new property tax and the failure to adequately address both will become an issue that will haunt both government parties," he wrote.
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Those gripes may seem to be justified by today's dismal performance of Cllr. Eoin Holmes in the Meath-east by-election. He made gay marriage a key aspect of his campaign by teaming up with Ivana Bacik to release her "marriage equality" bill as part of a campaign stunt to drum up support. There was no such stunt to unveil a new policy related to jobs or the economy.
Let them eat cake as we drink champagne:
An obviously tone-deaf photoshoot after Bacik and
Holmes unveiled a "marriage equality" bill.