Cowen rallies FF troops on reforms
TAOISEACH Brian Cowen last night attempted to rally the Fianna Fail troops in Dublin, where his party is currently in the midst of agreeing to reform its crisis-hit set up.
Some 400 party members from the capital gathered in a Dublin hotel to hear Mr Cowen deliver the opening address to the latest in a series of regional conferences.
The conference was picketed by a small group of just 18 protesters from left-wing group People Before Profit Alliance.
Mr Cowen made no comment as he entered the conference, after passing the protesters.
Fianna Fail is in danger of being practically wiped out in Dublin at the next general election if Mr Cowen fails to dramatically turn the party's fortunes around.
Based on the present opinion polls, Fianna Fail is on just 11pc support in Dublin. If that result was replicated in a general election, the party could be left with as little as three seats in the capital.
The party is due to be reformed in Dublin following a damning report on the state of the organisation in the capital.
Former junior minister Chris Flood recommended the scrapping of the existing network of organisation units, known as cumann, and the introduction of a new form of party membership. He said in his report that many of the city-based organisation units "no longer make a real contribution to the work of the party".