Micheál Martin's pious reassurances his party is repentant are an insincere sham
In 1977, my mother's friend - let's call her Mrs Malone - had accumulated the £156 that she would need shortly to pay her annual housing rates.
In her 60s and getting by on a meagre garda widow's pension, she saved up this money every year by depositing every six-penny piece that came her way into a large glass jar.
Then, just as payment was due, Fianna Fáil promised to abolish house rates and car tax as sweeteners aimed at winning the impending general election.
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