Friday, May 20, 2005


Fianna Fail in Crisis?

A recent report by Minister for Finance Brian Cowen must have set alarm bells ringing in Fianna Fail HQ. A confidential internal party report has shown its membership is now estimated between 15,000 and 20,000, or less than half of what party officials originally believed.

Minister Cowen's report portrays a rural, ageing and increasingly inactive grassroots organisation. Nearly half of its party activists are over 55 years of age, one quarter of the party's local organisations are inactive, and 50 per cent of the local Fianna Fail groups meet once a year or less.

Mr Cowen warns that there are "probably more members dying than joining Fianna Fail".

For more, read here.


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