Thursday 27 July 2017

Fianna Fail can now raise its glass to recovery from 2011

Fianna Fail Dublin Mid west candidate David McGuinness at the counts at City West Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Fianna Fail Dublin Mid west candidate David McGuinness at the counts at City West Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

Fianna Fail – glass half empty or glass half full after Friday's elections? It's possible to make the case either way.

Half empty first: It ranks as the party's second worst electoral performance in its near 90-year history. Furthermore, despite the two government parties between them dropping 25 percentage points in support since the general election, Fianna Fail picked up less than seven points of that.

It did gain seats on local councils, but that's compared to a dreadful performance in 2009 and there were an extra 60 or so seats on offer. In the other contests – the two by-elections and the Euros, the party seriously underperformed.

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