Wednesday 7 December 2016

Fianna Fáil is in love with itself again, but what about voters?

Published 27/04/2015 | 02:30

TD Willie O’Dea with Fianna Fáil member Mary Byrne and vice-president Lisa Chambers at the RDS at the weekend
TD Willie O’Dea with Fianna Fáil member Mary Byrne and vice-president Lisa Chambers at the RDS at the weekend

As proceedings began on Saturday morning, the two debate halls in the RDS had the feel of first Mass on the Sabbath, with their scattering of grey-haired devotees amid an expanse of empty seats.

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Even a vote on a (non-binding) motion ruling out coalition with Fine Gael was passed by a mere handful of delegates.

It might have been the heavy rain or the early hour which saw the second day of Fianna Fáil's Ard Fheis get off to a slow start.

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