Tuesday 24 January 2017

Fianna Fail has influence but it carries a price tag

The main party of opposition is trying to look responsible and yet fight off Sinn Fein as well

Published 09/10/2016 | 02:30

eyes on the prize: Fianna Fail’s Michael McGrath will aim his Budget remarks on Tuesday more towards his rivals in opposition, than at the Government benches. Photo Tom Burke
eyes on the prize: Fianna Fail’s Michael McGrath will aim his Budget remarks on Tuesday more towards his rivals in opposition, than at the Government benches. Photo Tom Burke

Fianna Fail is not afraid of another general election but it doesn't want to cause it. Having relocated from its recessionary bunker to the moral high in the wake of February's vote, Micheal Martin and his TDs are performing a delicate balancing act.

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On one side there have been populist pronunciations such as their now total aversion to water charges and demands for a €5 pension hike in the Budget.

But on the other side they want to be seen as mature and responsible at a time of great political uncertainty all over the world.

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