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Even the FF prize superdraw looks down on its luck

FIANNA FAIL has pleaded with members to sell more tickets for its so-called "superdraw".

The embattled party has asked supporters to push sales in an effort to boost its coffers.

The Herald previously revealed how the prizes for this year's draw have been downgraded from a bounty of Celtic Tiger leftovers.

The recession-hit 2010 prize list includes garden furniture and cash, compared with the 2009 draw, which had a BMW 3 series as the top offering.

Sources have told the Herald that income from ticket sales is falling short of the €659,000 that was raised from a similar draw during Bertie Ahern's final months as Taoiseach.

Support for Fianna Fail is now at a historic low, so those who still pledge their allegiance to Cowen and co are being asked to show their backing not just with words, but also with hard-earned cash.

"Members have been asked to redouble their efforts in selling the €50 tickets," said an insider. "It's not that there is any big problem but they think people need a gentle reminder to keep selling the tickets."


The appeal was made at a meeting of the party's national executive on Thursday night, which was also the setting for a blazing row between Transport Minister Noel Dempsey and Dublin campaigner Jerry Beades.

Entry to the draw is €50 while a book of 12 tickets costs €500 and comes with free membership of Cairdre Fianna Fail. Those with their tickets in before March 24 will be in with a chance of scooping one of 40 prizes which include a Volkswagen Passat and Hyundia i30.