Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said he is confident that many voters will have forgotten how his party rode the hole off the country when they were last in power. Mr. Martin was in confident but cautious mood after the latest Sunday Times opinion poll showed his party has opened up a 12-point lead over Fine Gael with less than three weeks to go until the election.
“It’s true that we rode everyone in the country but we haven’t really been in power since 2011 and today’s younger voters would have been children back then so with a bit of luck they won’t remember any of that. Also one would hope that our elderly voters from that time will have all died by now or at least gone a bit senile and lost their memories. And their marbles.”
In the 2011 general election, Fianna Fáil suffered the worst defeat of a sitting government in the history of the state. This was probably because they had just brought the country to the brink of total collapse with catastrophic mishandling of the economy when the deficit ballooned to a staggering €18 billion. Micheál Martin however said that’s now all water under the bridge.
“Ah we’ve all made mistakes lads. Come on now. Forgive and forget, that’s what I say. Especially forget. That’s very important. Fianna Fáil are in a great position to win this election if the voters would just forget everything we ever did. Is that really too much to ask?”