Saturday 18 November 2017

James Downey: Just because Fianna Fail has revived in the polls doesn't mean it has reinvented itself

MONSIGNOR Dermot Lane, president of the Mater Dei Institute, thinks the Catholic Church should reinvent itself. Like Fianna Fail. I confess that this comparison comes as a surprise to me – and, I fancy, to most other political writers.

Fianna Fail and reinvention make for uneasy companions. Of course, the party has changed radically and often since 1926 – or 1991, or pick your own date. But it has not done so by deliberate, planned reinvention. Rather, it has managed this by a serious of mysterious, sometimes forced, often unconsidered contortions.

So has Monsignor Lane got it right when he seems to identify a firm reinvention plan, implemented over the past two years?

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