Fianna Fail’s dilemma: Damned if they do, damned if they don’t…

NOT sure I believe that at this stage there is much to be gauged from opinion polls on the Irish Presidential election, but John Drennan’s write up on yesterday’s Sindo Poll, finishes with this intriguing remark:

Meanwhile Fianna Fail’s plans to “tiptoe gently away” from the race are in serious danger of being scuppered by the belated entrance of Eamon O Cuiv into the frame. The grandson of the party’s founder Eamon de Valera has not formally requested the nomination but he has let it be known amongst media outlets and within the party that he’d be available, if asked.

The mood within the party is split between those who fear that “all we need now is for some jackass to persuade O Cuiv to declare and we’re sunk” and others who fret that “the loan of FF votes in the election may become permanent if we don’t contest”.

And no sign of that desired mea culpa

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  • john

    It cant get any worse for them so why not. As for the loaning votes theory – just ask the SDLP in FST, some 30 years later they still cant get the loaned votes back

  • michael-mcivor

    Eamon O Cuiv is a big name from a family of big names- its just that Fianna fail is no longer a big name in Irish hearts- but if the present goverment makes the same mistakes this could change-

  • Nordie Northsider

    The Presidential campaign is a personality contest more than anything else. Substantial politicians whose personalities appear less than sparkling tend not to do well. Just ask Austin Currie. It’s not playing the man to suggest that Éamon may not fit the bill. His views on Irish, his eccentric voting record in referenda, would be a lightning rod for the Indo/Herald journalists.

    Fianna Fáil missed a trick in not putting Brian Crowley forward. Their best bet now is to say that one of the Independents embodies FF values. If he or she wins they can claim some influence. If he/she loses they can say ‘Nothing to do with us.’

  • Drumlins Rock

    this meaningless presidential election is fast becoming a farce. With the “favourite” unlikely to even get nominated, and no other outstanding candidates in the field it is starting to look as if the two Mary’s could be the high point of the position.

  • Mick Fealty

    You might as well call the Royal Wedding ‘meaningless’ DR… You might say it is, but in constitutional terms, it isn’t.

  • dodrade

    Why have direct elections to a ceremonial position? Given that in office Robinson and McAleese have acted more like Governors-General than Presidents, and the Queen seems more popular down south than any of the candidates, why not restore the Crown and save money on meaningless elections?

  • Henry94

    It would be nice to see at least one non-party figure on the ballot. Someone from the arts perhaps.

  • aquifer

    Ohh gawd. Is Ireladn to be an arsitocracy?