The build-up to the General Election was dominated by the divisive split in the nationalist movement between Collins and De Valera and the campaign took place against the volatile background of an incipient Civil War. Hugh Colohan, a bricklayer from Newbridge, who was also an early Labour member of Kildare County Council was to hold his seat until his death in April He was succeeded in the Kildare constituency in by a legend in Labour history, William Bill Norton, who was to hold the Labour seat for a remarkable thirty-two years.
His tenure as Labour leader was not an easy one: almost since its foundation in Labour had been beset by splits and personality clashes among its leadership, a fractious record which was to dog the party right up to the s and beyond. However it is hard not to imagine that Norton and Sweetman had some influence, for example, in steering the Army Apprentice School to Naas in when there had been suggestions that it would be located in Dublin.
Norton died in December and Labour lost the subsequent by-election.
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However the seat was regained by his son Pat in the General Election. It was again lost by Labour in and for the first full term since Labour in Kildare was without a TD until the seat was regained by another legend in Kildare politics, Castlemitchell councillor Joe Bermingham who was later Minister of State at the Office of Public Words. Highlights Tony Blair's set piece speech on Tuesday.
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