Wednesday 7 December 2016

FF has upped fight but 'Micheál for Taoiseach' sounds a bit far-fetched

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with pupils Aoife Rainey, Niamh Daly and Sophie McDevitt from St David’s Secondary School, Co Wicklow, with their project titled ‘Anaerobic digesters at a local level’ at the BT Young Scientist 2016 at the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin with pupils Aoife Rainey, Niamh Daly and Sophie McDevitt from St David’s Secondary School, Co Wicklow, with their project titled ‘Anaerobic digesters at a local level’ at the BT Young Scientist 2016 at the RDS, Dublin, yesterday. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

'Vote Fianna Fáil - and help phase one of our two-phase recovery." Not even the notorious 'Mad Men' could fashion a zingy slogan from the underlying thinking which led the once "natural party of government" to effectively consign itself to opposition - even before this election campaign properly began.

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You cannot fight a General Election on an unspoken signal that it is about "muddling through".

The added implied resolution, that you will have "a right go" in the next one, does not cut any ice with voters contemplating the coming five years.

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