Fianna Fáil problems began years before 2011
Many people within Fianna Fáil will tell you their problems took a turn for the worse around the June 2007 General Election
In hindsight they say that winning that third election in a row was a milestone on route to the tough place in which they find themselves now. Keen students of politics will remember that the party damn nearly lost that election and things only turned very belatedly in its favour.
As that election campaign was only limbering up, this writer went to see one of the party's kingpins in the southern half of the country.