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# blast from the past
'Fianna Fáil act as though they were formed in 2011'
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is not impressed with the Soldiers of Destiny.

JUNIOR MINISTER AODHÁN Ó Ríordáin has accused Fianna Fáil of acting as if it had never been in government.

Off the back of what is widely viewed as having been a good campaign for the party, Fianna Fáil is on 20% in the last Red C opinion poll before Friday’s vote.

Party leader Micheál Martin has also surged in popularity, going from 33% to 54% following two strong performances in the TV debates.

Ahead of the final TV debate on RTÉ tonight, Labour has launched a social media campaign reminding voters of Martin’s association with the most recent Fianna Fáil governments.

Speaking to reporters at the launch of Labour’s sports policy in Marino today, Ó Ríordáin said Fianna Fáil had no right to criticise the record of the Fine Gael-Labour government.

“I think Fianna Fáil are trying to give the impression that they were founded in 2011, as if they didn’t exist previously,” he said.

“I think if people are honest about their politics, they should look back on their records in government and the mess that we had to clear up.

I’d rather be more positive but, to be honest, it can be a little frustrating when people are trying to give the impression they were never in government or that they have no track record that they have to defend.

The coalition parties are stepping up their attacks on the main opposition parties with just three days to go.

The parties’ local campaigns across the country are warning voters of the consequences of voting for Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin and independents.

In a leaflet being dropped in Dublin Rathdown over the next 48 hours, Fine Gael is warning voters of the possibility of a Sinn Féin-led government.


- additional reporting from Hugh O’Connell

Read: More bad news for Labour in the latest opinion poll

Read: Vincent Browne’s People’s Debate wraps up after mammoth 40 shows

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