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Batons, bessies and 4 other things we've learned from these Labour conference pics

Security is tight, protests are small and everyone, with a few exceptions, is in a pretty good mood.
Nov 30th 2013, 4:01 PM 6,188 27

THE LABOUR PARTY has gathered in Killarney, Co Kerry for its annual conference with most people in a fairly chipper mood – one resignation call aside – as things begin to look up for the party.

The protests have been small and at times non-existent outside, while inside the INEC there has been a general sense of ‘it’s been tough, but it’s getting better’.

Here are a few things we’ve learned from these pictures by Laura Hutton from Photocall Ireland:

1. There are protestors…

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… but not nearly as many as last year.

2. Eamon Gilmore has a baton…

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… and he isn’t afraid to use it if the members get rowdy.

3. Joan and Eamon are bessies

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… and they’ve no idea what all the fuss was about in the first place.

4. Brendan Howlin isn’t afraid to poke fun at himself…

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The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister said this morning: ”I have to tell the chair I’m here since this morning, but I’m hard to see, I know.”

5. Ruairí Quinn and Eamon share everything…

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… even this lovely red rose which Ruairí gave the Tánaiste for his lapel. Awh.

6. The Tánaiste is a fan of Jim Larkin’s satchel…

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… and likes to give it a good look at it, so he does.

Read: Labour conference hears call for Gilmore to resign over disability cuts

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