Although Ahern and his advisers had previously agreed a strategy of minimal promising and stressing Fianna Fáil’s competent economic management (!), by the time of the ard fheis he was facing questions from the Mahon Tribunal, low poll numbers and an uphill battle to win his third general election in a row. He changed his mind about the message of prudence in the days before the conference.
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