Sunday 25 February 2018

The new politics is about to be put to the test

The Fianna Fail think-in won't involve party members plotting the demise of the Government, writes Willie O'Dea

John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke
John Halligan. Photo: Tom Burke

Willie O'Dea

Over the next two days, members of the Fianna Fail parliamentary party will gather together in Carlow for their post-summer 'think-in'.

For most Dail parties, the think-in has become an opportunity for TDs and senators to meet in an informal and semi-remote setting and prepare for the upcoming Dail term.

When they started, these think-ins were useful exercises, especially for parties in government. They provided an opportunity for ministers to prepare for the September-December Dail session, with a focus on the Budget, and a venue to hear views and opinions from outside experts. For backbenchers, the absence of advisers and civil servants allowed unfiltered access to ministers.

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