Martin opens the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis with some hints of the game ahead…

At the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, nodding through the officers on the volume of applause from delegates was new to me. Then again, Fianna Fail evidently likes its leaders to lead rather than follow polls or focus groups. But the reality of running a modern political party is rather different. As the Sussex University Professor Tim Bale told the faithful, polls may tell them they are in recovery, but they also tell them how far they still have to go …

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