Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fail need to face the new realities
Grand coalition between old rivals may be the most radical outcome of all after decade of trauma, writes Jody Corcoran
One of the more fascinating findings in our recent opinion poll was that Fianna Fail is the least toxic of all the main political parties when it comes to getting second preference and further votes.
The party, which will hold its Ard Fheis in Dublin next weekend, should take comfort from that finding after a recent bout of heavy-handed analysis which has virtually written it off as irrelevant.
Any analysis that writes off a party with the support of one-fifth of voters is unfair, even if Fianna Fail has done little to present an alternative face to the one evident, which is one of in-fighting, backbiting and self-interest.