THE newly-elected Chairman of South Wicklow Fianna Fáil has said that there is no 'quick fix' for the party.
John Mullen said that Fianna Fáil has to 'step up or step down' and addressed recent criticism that the party should disband.
' This, in fairness, is reflective of a deep anger that exists about the many failings that have been revealed, and of the inexcusable corruption of a small but powerful group of people within our Party,' he said.
' There is no quick fix nor should there be. The saying 'power corrupts' is true, and too long in power corrupts even more. It will take time to re-build Fianna Fáil into a strong, centrist, citizen based movement, but I am convinced that it is a task that can, and needs to be done,' he added.
Mr. Mullen welcomed changes within the party which include the banning of corporate donations and a one member, one vote system.
'If ' The Republican Party' is to mean anything then it insists that Fianna Fáil empowers all members, open its doors, listen to people - all of the people, and learn from ' back room' rot that allowed TD'S to create fiefdoms where only a select few could have real input,' said Mr. Mullen, who is from Tinahely.
'Empowering citizens and communities should be the core value of a radicalized party. The scale of the job ahead is hard to overestimate. However the choice for those who remain in the Party is clear. The scale of the task requires a reciprocal scale of radical ambition to change how politics operates,' he concluded.