Saturday 3 December 2016

Fianna Fáil at 90 is out of office - but it can still pack a powerful punch

Published 21/05/2016 | 02:30

No group in the new Dáil and Seanad has an easy task ahead but the challenges for Fianna Fáil are the most complex and perilous. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
No group in the new Dáil and Seanad has an easy task ahead but the challenges for Fianna Fáil are the most complex and perilous. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Seán Lemass famously styled Fianna Fáil as a "slightly constitutional party" as it sloped towards acceptance of the Treaty which many of its members had opposed by Civil War just a few years earlier.

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Were he still around today, the founding member and former leader might well call the latest Fianna Fáil manifestation "a party of power in opposition."

The strange and noisy world of would-be 'new politics' did not have the space to note that the Soldiers of Destiny turned 90 last Monday.

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