Monday 20 February 2017

The polls will only tell you so much - the truth is in the verdict

Published 21/01/2016 | 02:30

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren

John Downing's opinion piece in the Irish Independent (January 18) undoubtedly suggests that it comes from attending the FF Ard Fheis, and seeks to apply a slightly frustrated outsider's logic to the position Micheál Martin has presented for weeks now regarding the outcome of the election.

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As a member of FF who attended the Ard Fheis (although I can see how, as an outsider, he might assume to have reached logical conclusions) John is, in fact, very far from understanding the position. I don't know whether he was in the main hall between 7 and 8pm, but if he was he might have a little better insight - as during that time we revisited our roots and the events of 1916 as told through the mouths of relatives of the leaders.

As Éamon Ó Cúiv put it, we must be the only nation on earth that commemorates failure, as 1916 was a hopeless failure at the time. It led to great things though, and where we find ourselves today is no further back and certainly in a much better place than in 1916.

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