FF holds further talks on fallout from election disaster

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party met for five hours last night as part the on-going inquest into the party’s major loss of seats on the recent local and European elections.

Speakers told the meeting that failures in the health service and the growth of the so-called “nanny state” were among the reason’s for the party’s worst local election performance since the 1920s.

Speaking afterwards, party chairman Seamus Kirk said the policies of the Progressive Democrats were also criticised by some backbenchers, but the criticism was not widespread.

Meanwhile, the Fianna Fáil TDs and Senators paid tribute to Finance Minister Charlie McCreevy for his handling of the economy, despite speculation that he would be criticised for spending cutbacks.

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