Fianna Fail is constituted in Northern Ireland… carries Bertie’s latest announcement: Fianna Fail is now officially a party in Northern Ireland. He remarks: “This marks a historic step in the road to developing a strategy for organising this party on an All-Ireland basis.” Hmmm… It is certainly a departure from the party’s past, but history is generally reserved for the historian’s judgement rather than that of serving politicians. We shall see in due course just how historic this decision turns out to be.

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