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Falling: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and deputy leader Dara Calleary may be in government, but their party’s popularity is tumbling. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

Falling: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and deputy leader Dara Calleary may be in government, but their party’s popularity is tumbling. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney

Falling: Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin (left) and deputy leader Dara Calleary may be in government, but their party’s popularity is tumbling. PHOTO: GARETH CHANEY COLLINS

There's a moment in an election campaign every campaign manager dreads: when people are laughing at your candidate.

Those of us of a certain vintage remember the last time Fianna Fáil was laughed at. It was during the 1990 Presidential Election when Brian Lenihan stared into the camera on the 'Six One News' and pleaded directly with the Irish people to believe him. And across the pubs of Ireland they laughed at him, and that was that.