James Downey: What this Meath by-election will tell us about FF's state of health
NOT all that long ago, Fianna Fail dominated Meath politics, largely through the person of Noel Dempsey, the busiest bee in the hive.
He was an exceptionally hard-working minister and a remarkable local operator.
In his time, Fianna Fail won three of the five seats in the former Meath constituency. When it was divided, the party took two seats in each of the new three-seat constituencies.