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RTE ensures no 'doughnut' repeat

ONE of the most memorable images from Fianna Fail's last Ard Fheis in 2009 -- indeed the only memorable image -- was of the unintentionally hilarious 'zombie doughnut' which surrounded RTE's David Davin-Power during his live news report -- and which became a YouTube classic.

But the humour police in RTE evidently weren't amused, and took steps (literally) to ensure there was no repeat performance during the journalist's live report from the hall on Saturday night, insisting Mr Davin-Power climb a ladder on to a platform high above the crowd.

Memorabilia flies off the shelves

FIANNA Fail memorabilia was flying off the shelves at the party's souvenir stand.

Sold out completely were all the dapper green ties with the party slogans. Also the mugs with the retro slogan 'Let's go ahead again. We can do it. Vote Fianna Fail.'

Gerry Collins loses out in election

FORMER minister Gerry Collins was the shock loser in the party's hotly contested Ard Fheis elections.

Mr Collins lost out to former TD Margaret Conlon in the election for Honourary Secretary by 125 votes, despite the fact that he had been the hot favourite for the job.

St Luke's not an option for base

DURING a debate on the party's organisation in the capital, 'Rebuilding in Dublin', a number of delegates wanted to see a specific Fianna Fail office as a base to cover activities in a number of constituencies.

Nobody mentioned the elephant in the corner, but the party does actually 'own' an office in a quite central location in Dublin. It's called St Luke's in Drumcondra and it's not being used much these days.

Health service plans 'paradox'

HEALTH policy consultant Oliver O'Connor pointed to the paradox within Dr James Reilly's plans for the health service.

The former adviser to Mary Harney was an expert panellist at the party's health seminar. He said control of the health service had gone from 11 health boards to the HSE, now back to the Department of Health under Dr Reilly, who intended to move it on again under his Universal Health Insurance policy -- all in the space of just 15 years.

Irish Independent