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Comeback on hold?: Nearly 75% of people don't want Bertie back

Fewer than one people in five think Fianna Fáil should let him back in.

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A NEW POLL has found that almost three-quarters of people do not think Fianna Fáil should allow Bertie Ahern back into the party.

Last week a motion was unanimously passed by the Dublin Central branch of Fianna Fáil asking former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to rejoin the party.

Ahern resigned from Fianna Fáil in March 2012 following the publication of the Mahon tribunal report.

Ahern confirmed that he would be interested in rejoining the party, telling the Sunday Independent that this would only be to help the party win more seats locally.

If Ahern were to rejoin, he would have to submit an application where it would likely be dealt with at National Executive level.

A new opinion poll carried out by Amárach research on behalf of Claire Byrne Live has found that 73% of people do not think Bertie Ahern should be allowed back into the party.

Less than one in five people (19%) said he should, while 8% said they did not know.

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CBL_TWITTER_POLL_Dec5th Source: CB Live/Amarách Research

An opinion poll published today found that Fianna Fáil is currently the most popular party in the country with support levels of 30%.

As Claire Byrne points out in a blog on the RTÉ website, an important part of Fianna Fáil’s growth comes from its improving support in the Dublin, Ahern’s home town.


Support for Fianna Fáil is now at 29% in Dublin.

Read: Not going away: Bertie sat down for a big weekend interview to talk about his future >

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