Saturday 3 December 2016

Why the coming election is such a vital one for future of Fianna Fáil

Published 30/01/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is congratulated at the party’s ard fheis. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is congratulated at the party’s ard fheis. Photo: Conor McCabe Photography

Soon it will be "show-time" as PJ Mara might have said, as the curtain is raised on the election in coming days. This week, the only show in town was the Banking Inquiry. In the aftermath of a crash, there is always a period of shock, followed by an examination of what might have been done to avoid it. Things are always so much clearer in hindsight. Looking in the rear-view mirror of time, it is easy to say how we could have done things differently.

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Thankfully, today the economy is in a better place. The Government has done some things right. There are positives on employment and growth.

A lot of the work done can be traced back to Fianna Fáil's 2010 recovery plan covering the period 2011-2014. Employment is better - it is still not where it was in 2007, but it is improving. It is good to see more people returning to work, but I would like to see real jobs as opposed to short-term contracts.

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