Saturday 3 December 2016

Eoghan Harris: Tale of two Irelands won't have a happy ending for FF

Published 09/10/2016 | 02:30

By Jim Cogan
By Jim Cogan

The big drop in Fianna Fail support in last Thursday's Irish Times poll was a shock but not a surprise. A shock is something that happens suddenly without warning. But a surprise only jolts us for a second before we realise we subconsciously knew it was coming all along.

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Some in Fianna Fail will try to take comfort by finessing the figures. And yes, as I wrote at the time, the previous Irish Times poll overestimated Fianna Fail support.

But a drop of seven points is serious and poses a structural problem for the party, not least in facing the two problems that caused the poll collapse.

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