FINE Gael should approach the next election like a GAA team, learn from its defeats, and avoid own goals, a private meeting of the party has been told.
The party’s TDs, Senators and MEPs are tonight conducting a post mortem of Fine Gael’s disastrous general election which saw it come third behind Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin.
Party chairman Richard Bruton is leading a review of the result which saw its Dáil team cut to 35 TDs.
Ireland South MEP Seán Kelly - a former GAA President - is understood to have used the sporting metaphor for how Fine Gael can bounce back.
Sources said he outlined how the party should be like a hurling or football team and “learn from its defeats and be ready the next time".
Mr Kelly also said there should be “no more own goals”.
One source said the review is not intended to be a “blame game” but rather an in-depth look how to address where the party went wrong and how it can do better.
There was discussion of how Fine Gael needs to improve how it does social media.
There were suggestions that Sinn Féin’s successful social media strategy should be examined.
A video posted by Mr Bruton today that showed Howth’s tourist attractions - but was widely shared on social media with comments on his ‘beach bod’ - was praised by some contributors to the meeting.