FF leader sets out stall ahead of budget battle

Micheál Martin has laid down a marker on tax at his party's think-in by demanding a cut in USC, writes Michael Brennan

19th September, 2017
Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin with members of his parliamentary party at the start of the party's think-in. Pic: RollingNews.ie

The first Fianna Fáil think-in was held back in 2003 in the Slieve Russel hotel in Cavan. It was the brainchild of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who was facing growing discontent from ambitious backbenchers. The aim was to have the TDs let off steam - which is one of the reasons the think-ins became nicknamed ‘drink-ins’.

But all that changed after former Taoiseach Brian Cowen’s infamous Morning Ireland interview after being up...

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