Warning, this is from someone who doesn't know that much of Irish politics circa the 1960s and only did this because the whole Irish stamp controversy and it being the anniversary of Che's death gave me an idea to do a quick little fun "Taoiseach Che" infobox. Apologises to any Irish and otherwise people who thinks I butchered it all up. Ernest Raphael "Ernie" Guevera Lynch was Taoiseach of Ireland for most of the Sixties. Even now, the Irish Democratic Labour Party look to him as their hero, their inspiration. He was the one who made the sixties socialist. But who was this left-wing hero who shook the once-conservative Ireland and ushered it into a new world and was tragically slew before he was forty? Born in Dún Laoghaire to Argentines Ernesto Guevera Lynch and Celia de la Serna y Llosa which for unknown reasons decided to move to Ireland, the land of Ernesto Lynch's ancestors. Ernest would be born in Dún Laoghaire in 1928 and would prove a passionate and restless child that led his father to compare him to their Irish ancestors who he associated with rebellion against the Crown. An educated child, he was deeply interested in poetry and literature, leading him to do well in school and ultimately end up a rather intellectual man. Increasingly drawn to the ideas of socialism, he became a passionate left-wing speaker by his twenties, and in the 1951 election, he was picked as the Labour candidate for the rather conservative Dún Laoghaire and Rathdown electorate, one of the youngest candidates that election. Surprisingly, he managed to get in on the third count, the third of three TDs. His passionate speeches on socialism, inequality, class struggle and labour rights at once unnerved the conservative establishment of Fine Gael and Fianna Fail, as well as more moderate elements of his own party, while electrifying the grassroots. In 1960, William Norton stepped down and with the help of Brendan Corish, another figure on the left of the party, Lynch won the leadership at the age of thirty-two. In the Fifties, Fine Gael struggled to hold on to power between 1951 and 1957 [with Labour as a coalition partner], before Fianna Fail surged to win a new majority in the 1957 election. By 1961, the economy was in recession, Fianna Fail's reputation was in the toilet and FG under James Dillon struggled to gain a lead. Enter Lynch and his Labour Party. Adopting a bizzarely-onerous campaign schedule, he used his passionate charisma to convince many thousands to vote for the Labour Party, including many first-time voters. Once all the counting was finished, it was devastatingly clear, Labour was first, Fine Gael was second, and Fianna Fail was an unprecedented third. Promptly entering in a coalition with Fine Gael, Clann na Poblachta and Clann na Talmhan, he ushered in Ireland's first Labour government. One that many doubted would last, especially with Fine Gael second-in-command for the first time. The "Red Star" of Ireland would prove them all wrong as he successfully weaved his left-wing partners with Fine Gael's intransigent nature on certain issues. With Fianna Fail recovering under Charlie Haughey, the party most pinched was Fine Gael. When Liam Cosgrave was elected their new leader after Dillon resigned, he announced that FG was to withdraw and call for a new election in 1965 [mostly posturing as election time was up anyway] and it turned out a disaster for them as Labour gained seats and votes while FF became the second party. Entering in a coalition with Clann na Poblacht and Clann na Talmhan excluding Cosgrave's FG, Lynch now could go ahead with further policies that was once hampered by FG's refusal to support them. In the end, the Red Star brought Ireland into a new era but he had to shatter a few omelettes to do so, including the splitting of the "Progressive Labour Party" in 1966 that reduced his majority to a minority. A year later, with FG and FF seeking to undermine Lynch's government, he announced a snap election hoping to bring his majority back. While campaigning for a Labour candidate in Kerry North, in the town of Tralee, he was unexpectedly shot by a man who was convinced he was the Antichrist came to drag Ireland into "diabolic socialism". His deputy leader Brendan Corish would be hastily appointed Taoiseach and the election campaign suspended. Labour gained seats and could enter in a comfortable majority with Clann na Poblachta and Clann na Talmhan. The following election in 1971 would see Corish lead Labour to third place as the "Lynch magic" wore off and the two traditional parties fought to keep Labour from surging again. The "Red Star" would be buried in his home-town of Dún Laoghaire. For more than thirty years, Labour [and its successor Democratic Labour] had no other Taoiseach but Lynch and Corish, up until the 2001 election [held under the shadow of a banking collapse] which allowed DLP leader Francis Ross to form a coalition of his own. Lynch's impact cannot be underestimated, for before him Ireland was a conservative society and he dragged it into the "Socialist Sixties". His rather-aggressive stance on Northern Ireland disquieted many of his fellow Labour members especially on the right of the party, but appealed to his coalition partners Clann na Poblachta and inched Labour closer to Irish republicanism, something they would fully incorporate with the merging with Democratic Left to form Democratic Labour.