The closing date for applications has passed, and we officially have two candidates for leader of the Labour Party, with a four-way race for the deputy leadership. Patrick Smyth and Fiach Kelly discuss what’s currently looking like an easy win for Joan Burton over Alex White, with Alan Kelly tipped for the deputy job. What, if anything differentiates one candidate from the other and what will a new leader have to do to save Labour from electoral wipeout at the general election?
Also, as the new Dublin City Council gets ready to vote on who will be the city’s next Lord Mayor, Harry McGee looks at the changed landscape across local politics. With Sinn Fein the largest party on many councils, what will its strategy be when it comes to alliances with other parties and with independents? Will there be surprising new alliances? And will councillors use their new powers to reduce property taxes?
Inside Politics is a weekly politics podcast presented by the digital editor of the Irish Times,