Monday 24 July 2017

Fianna Fáil on motorway back as opposition benefits from Coalition collapse

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin casts his vote with son Micheál Aodh, wife Mary and daughter Aoibhe in Ballinlough, Cork. Photo: PA
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin casts his vote with son Micheál Aodh, wife Mary and daughter Aoibhe in Ballinlough, Cork. Photo: PA
Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Fianna Fáil is on the motorway back. Five years on from the darkest day in its history, Micheál Martin's party has produced a stunning recovery with almost 23pc of the vote.

The party is now heading towards up to 40 seats - a doubling of its number in the last general election.

After taking back 5pc of the votes it lost in the 2011 meltdown, Fianna Fáil has dramatically narrowed the gap with Fine Gael.

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