Friday 22 September 2017

John Downing: Fianna Fail needs new faces, not ghosts of the party's past, if it is to thrive once more

Micheal Martin, right, looks to FF’s future, but ‘ghosts of the past’ Mary Coughlan and Brian Cowen linger on.
Micheal Martin, right, looks to FF’s future, but ‘ghosts of the past’ Mary Coughlan and Brian Cowen linger on.

THE ghosts of Fianna Fail past appear to be lurking in the political corridors these days. Facing the Taoiseach across the Dail chamber, Micheal Martin decided for the second consecutive week not to mention the Central Remedial Clinic. Clearly, the Fianna Fail leader could already hear the gleeful government backbenchers' heckling calls about 'Bertie Ahern, digouts, and the Drumcondra Mafia'.

By contrast, and also for the second consecutive week, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams went straight for the contentious issue of hospital executives' 'pay top-ups'.

In ordinary circumstances, any opposition party would just go straight for the government jugular.

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