Friday 20 January 2017

If voters like 'new' FF, where does that leave the old-school Martin?

Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00

Sean Gallagher
with children at
The Glebe
montessori school,
Celbridge, during
his campaign trail. Photo: MARK CONDREN
Sean Gallagher with children at The Glebe montessori school, Celbridge, during his campaign trail. Photo: MARK CONDREN

WHO would ever have predicted that one of the main stories out of last weekend's elections would have been the good news for Fianna Fail?

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Is this the beginning of something, you couldn't help but wonder, while almost simultaneusly dismissing the notion as too ludicrous to contemplate given the hammering the party got just last February in the general election.

The presidential campaign had been so full of surprises, and the Dublin West by-election result such a shock, that the art of political punditry took a definite hammering in recent weeks. A couple of Fianna Failers reminded me with glee in recent days that I had suggested they not run a candidate at all in Dublin West as a grand gesture to show they were realising their mistakes and attempting to learn from them.

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