Wednesday 25 April 2018

Fianna Fail feels force of Dail anger

Fiach Kelly

ALONG with discussions at Cabinet on how to conduct a banking inquiry, and how to get to the truth of what happened in the financial crash that crippled this country, ministers talked a bit of base-level politics.

As in how they could use the Anglo tape revelations to damage Fianna Fail, and remind people who exactly presided over the economic crash.

Unsurprisingly, there were a few helpful suggestions about how this could be done.

Sources said an "FF-Anglo-property developer" axis was mentioned, and one minister said afterwards: "Fianna Fail were in government, we will have to remind a few."

An "axis of collusion" between Anglo and Fianna Fail was the line that was used to tar the main opposition party yesterday afternoon, with the line thrown across the Dail by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Ruairi Quinn said the revelations were a "timely reminder" of Fianna Fail's record.

Timely for the Coalition, but certainly not Fianna Fail.

The trouble for the party – which squirmed as it called for an inquiry – is that its recent resurgence could be about to hit some very choppy waters.

The Government is not going to pass up this chance – the strongest one it will have before the next election – to remind voters of Fianna Fail's past.

Irish Independent

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