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Micheál Martin says Fianna Fáil will meet after the summer break to review electoral performance

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has agreed to meet in-person with the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party to review the party’s electoral performance.

The Taoiseach agreed to the meeting after backbench TDs raised concerns surrounding Fianna Fáil’s electoral performance and positioning in opinion polls.

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Barry Cowen TD and other backbench TDs last week called for the meeting to review the 2020 general election result and the Dublin Bay South by-election result.

“We are doing a lot of positive work with our government colleagues and Fianna Fáil members across the country want us to continue to do this. We get the problems in housing and we are determined to make a difference by building more social and affordable houses for people,” Micheál Martin said.

“Negative comments are damaging our party and should cease,” he continued.

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He went on to say, “the greatest threat to Fianna Fail is ourselves”.

Questions have began to emerge within Fianna Fáil, in particular from certain backbenchers, surrounding Micheál Martin’s role as leader of the party, due to the party’s election performance in recent years, as well as opinion polls which consistently see Fianna Fáil well behind Fine Gael and Sinn Fein.

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