Saturday 25 February 2017

Floating Voter podcast: We've learnt our lessons and everyone has moved on, says FF TD on the party's poll surge

“We’ve learnt our lessons,” declared Fianna Fail TD, James Lawless, reacting on the Floating Voter podcast to the latest opinion poll that shows Fianna Fail surging to 33%.

“Time has moved on, we’ve all moved on,” said the Kildare North TD when asked how the party has come back from the brink so quickly.  The party’s increasing popularity also shows that the new politics is working, he said. 

“We’re getting stuck in and not shouting from the sidelines looking to bring down the government.”

As to when Fianna Fail might take advantage of this poll-topping performance and break-away from the minority government?

“When we get 100% for five polls in a row maybe we’ll go to the people then,” he joked.

While Micheal Martin is also number one in the party leader ratings, it is Taoiseach Enda Kenny who is coming under increasing pressure.

Backbench TDs are asking when he’s going to step down and the Floating Voter team of Niall O’Connor and Cormac McQuinn asked whether the Taoiseach was now a political corpse, questioning if he will be gone after the next budget in October.

The Floating Voter is Independent.ie’s weekly political podcast, cutting through the political soundbytes and bursting some of the bubble that surrounds Leinster House.  

Listen to the show every week on Independent.ie and get each new show on your phone by subscribing on iTunes.

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