Friday 18 August 2017

Bertie-era ghosts still spook Fianna Fáil as ó Cuív is latest to get the frighteners

'The party can't expect voters to forgive its mismanagement of the economy so quickly, but nor can it afford to perform as dismally in the next election as it did in 2011'
'The party can't expect voters to forgive its mismanagement of the economy so quickly, but nor can it afford to perform as dismally in the next election as it did in 2011'
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

It's strange to watch a party that's almost as old as the State fumbling to differentiate itself on the political spectrum - falling behind other, newer groupings. And even odder to listen while the founder's grandson warns it faces either demise or life as a niche party unless there's radical change.

Eamon Ó Cuív is out of step with the Fianna Fáil leadership - perhaps because he accepts that the Bertie-era ghosts continue to spook voters. He is one of those ghosts, of course. But his warnings about the party must carry weight.

Presumably, Michéal Martin regards his criticism of the party's direction as disloyal. No party stagnant in the polls is helped by evidence of internal discord. But Mr Ó Cuív evidently prioritises loyalty to party above leader.

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