There’s no future for Fianna Fail in the past

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There’s no future for Fianna Fail in the past

If Eamon O Cuiv is the answer, then the Fianna Fail party must be asking itself the wrong questions


DIVIDED PARTY: Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, pictured right with Micheal Martin, is a bit like Ireland’s answer to British Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, only without the fun
DIVIDED PARTY: Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, pictured right with Micheal Martin, is a bit like Ireland’s answer to British Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, only without the fun

Miriam O’Callaghan suggested on radio last week that the British prime minister has “the world’s toughest job”.

Theresa May certainly doesn’t have it easy, assailed on all sides for her handling of Brexit, but Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin surely has a strong claim on the title too, with every effort at modernisation in his party hampered by an old guard still reluctant to accept that Ireland has moved on a bit since the days when it was the exclusive preserve of those sturdy children, athletic youths and happy maidens so beloved of de Valera. The sort of people, in fact, who might be excited at the prospect of voting for Eamon O Cuiv as next President.

Not that the Galway West TD has publicly indicated his intention to stand. As is the usual way, his name has simply been put forward by sympathetic backers as a way of canvassing likely support. He’s de Valera’s grandson, after all. What better qualifications could a man have for the highest office in the land other than sharing some DNA with a previous incumbent?

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