Brian Hayes: Watch out, Fianna Fail, Sinn Fein is now moving in for the kill
The rise of Sinn Fein means both Micheal Martin's party and Irish democracy had better be on their guard, writes Brian Hayes
THIS time last year, people voted in great numbers to eject Fianna Fail from office. The result was a landslide against arguably the most successful political party in western Europe.
It was unprecedented in the history of a party that had dominated Irish politics for so long. Given the scale of the incompetence it showed and the mess it left behind, people rightly believe that Fianna Fail should be banished from office for a generation. Even that might be too short. Forever more, Fianna Fail will always be known as the party that brought this country to its knees.
The obvious political difficulty that Fianna Fail faces right now is nothing by comparison to the misery it has caused. For too long, it symbolised the very worst in Irish politics. Of course, it was too long in office. But my colleagues and I would be foolish to write off Fianna Fail. It's too early to write its obituary. And anyway, even if we could, would that write-off be in the interests of Irish democracy?