Fianna Fail’s northern expeditionary force hits Downpatrick…

It seems that on Saturday Fianna Fail was in the Denvir Hotel in Downpatrick to launch its new Down Forum with Irish government ministers Dermot Ahern and Eamonn O Cuiv attending. Recently returned emigre Joe O’Neill was there to cover the event… YOu have to admire their commitment, but with the party’s latest opinion rating in the Republic sitting at an historic low (that would be 17%!!), it may not be the moment to expect great things from any southern political party in Northern Ireland… Just now, despite Minister O’Cuiv’s reference to his granddad being an MP for the area, it has the look of Jack Lynch’s invasion of 1969

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