Democratic Left – the Life and Death of an Irish Political Party

Kevin Rafter Irish Academic Press

Sunday Independent 10 April 2010

The highlight for Democratic Left was undoubtedly its participation with Fine Gael and Labour in the Rainbow-Coalition government of 1994 to 1997, now regarded as a most successful coalition which introduced social legislation, stabilised the finances before the Tiger’s bubble and bolstered the peace process (Albert’s FF had been too soft on Sinn Fein). Indeed, the Rainbow offers a model for a harmonious and effective coalition, depending, as this one did, on a spirit of genuine goodwill and cooperation — especially between party leaders John Burton and de Rossa — and a mutual determination to succeed.