Saturday 24 June 2017

Low-key Soldiers of Destiny go incognito at RDS for annual pow-wow

Michael Martin
Michael Martin

Outside the RDS the billboards flagging events in the complex are sporting stylish posters this weekend. Beside a white map of Ireland surrounded by green is the logo '76ú' and no other clue to what it represents.

Any vaguely curious citizen strolling by might surmise that some sort of agri-conference or tourism show was in full swing.

But no - they're signalling that the 76th Fianna Fáil Árd Fheis is under way. They are also signalling that Fianna Fáil is still leery of its welcome, and therefore chose to erect a sort of enigmatic gang sign - an insider symbol that only the paid-up subalterns of the Soldiers of Destiny would recognise.

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