Daniel Murray: Seven issues facing Fianna Fáil ahead of the next election

As the party begins its annual think-in, our political correspondent runs the rule over Fianna Fáil, potentially one year out from a general election

Tánaiste and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin poses for a selfie taken by MEP Billy Kelleher along with party colleagues at their think-in in Tipperary. Pic: Niall Carson PA Wire

As the Fianna Fáil think-in got underway in Tipperary today, there was the unshakeable sense that this time next year the party could be facing into a general election.

While Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, whose gift it is to set the election date, has repeatedly said he has no plans for an early election, privately most cabinet ministers will tell you that autumn 2024 is looking most likely.

This prospect has been somewhat turbocharged by the ...