rockofcashel said:Um couple of points mercyboy.
1. according to the labour partys own website, Labour was founded in 1912 by Larkin, Connolly and William O' Brien. I assume one of these were at the time the leader of the Labour Party so why weren't there names included in the poll ? as i said before, (read my earlier post) those three did found the party, but were not leaders. they sat out a couple of elections. if you go back to labour website, u will see leaders posted, doesn't include them
2. Sinn Fein was founded in 1905, so by my maths that makes them 7 years older than Labour. Therefore Labour are not, as you described, Irelands oldest political party. members of fg and ff would argue with you here. sf split so many times, labour never did
3. Why ask who was the best leader of the Labour party from Corish on ? Surely the question should have been who was the most subservient leader of FG lite ? yeah, yeah, yeah, blah, blah, blah
Personally to the Labour lads, we're pissing ourselves laughing at the prospect of a Lab/FG pact here is where i actually agree with you. u got me.[/b]
Labour didn't have a "Leader" as such until they had representation in the Dáil from the Treaty Election onwards. This is hardly unique. The Green Party didn't have a leader until they were a credible parliamentary force. And Sinn Fein itself didn't have a "Leader" in the sense that we know the word now, for much the same reason. For the first 15 years it operated as a sort of a collective leadership among various honourary officerships, much in the same way that most radical left/revolutionary parties did for the 50 years up to that point and still do today.1. according to the labour partys own website, Labour was founded in 1912 by Larkin, Connolly and William O' Brien. I assume one of these were at the time the leader of the Labour Party so why weren't there names included in the poll ?
The Sinn Fein which you are presumably referring to (the one present led by Adams) was founded in 1970 (not 1905) when it split from the actual Sinn Fein, which later evolved into SFWP and the Workers Party.2. Sinn Fein was founded in 1905, so by my maths that makes them 7 years older than Labour. Therefore Labour are not, as you described, Irelands oldest political party.
What does it say of the Labor party when you see the complete lack of interest in what should be a lively thread? Labor by not staying in opposition and building electoral strength has led to the sort of ridiculous politics that has destroyed this State.The oldest political party in the country founded in 1912. So, who do you think was the best leader. I'm a Spring man myself. Before some smartarse says it, don't say Michael O'Leary because he defected to Fine Gael.