The irony is Fianna Fail will also rise as economy lifts
Micheal Martin has skilfully brought the party back to its roots, where it remains fixed in the DNA of the country, writes Jody Corcoran
The question is not so much whether people are ready to forgive Fianna Fail, but whether they are willing to get past what has been called their "primitive hatred of government".
Fianna Fail was founded in 1926 and has been in government 61 of the 79 years since, 13 times as a minority government or in coalition.
Throughout that period Ireland has moved from a poor and rural, deeply conservative Roman Catholic country to become urbanised, industrialised, hi-tech, one of the leading economies in Europe, and on the verge of voting for same-sex marriage.