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Fianna Fáil can slink off to lick its wounds - or help deliver what the country wants

Colette Browne


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Winners: Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who took the top two places in Cork South-Central. Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Winners: Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who took the top two places in Cork South-Central. Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

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Winners: Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, who took the top two places in Cork South-Central. Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

If Fianna Fáil wants to rebrand itself, from the party that wrecked the housing industry to the party that helps revive it, it should enter government with Sinn Féin.

Since the extent of the Sinn Féin surge in the election became apparent, a number of Fianna Fáil TDs have bullishly insisted Mary Lou McDonald can easily form a left-wing government.

"[McDonald] and the left-leaning parties should get together, form a government, find the €22bn and off they go," huffed Barry Cowen, in an interview with this newspaper.