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'Toxic' party inches its way back from political abyss

The polls indicate that Fianna Fáil's fortunes are on the up, but experts warn that the party shouldn't assume its brand is no longer tarnished, writes Niamh Connolly.

27th April, 2013
Realistic objectives: Fianna Fáil is preparing itself for the long, slow process of recovery. Photo: Maura Hickey

When Professor Tim Bale, a leading British political academic, addressed last year's Fianna Fáil ard fheis, he gave some sobering advice to a party trying to grasp the enormity of its defeat at the 2011 general election.

"You have to realise that your brand is not simply tarnished, it is utterly trashed. It is not just trashed, it is toxic," he told delegates.

In his book, The Conservative Party: From Thatcher to Cameron, Bale...

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