Local politicians and grassroot members of Fianna Fail are set to feature in a TV3 documentary over the coming weeks.
The first in a special three part series, titled ‘The Rise and Fall of Fianna Fail’ is set to go out on air next Monday (September 5).
Councillors Martin Mulleady, Padraig Loughrey, Mick Cahill and Denis Glennon took part in the filming along with urban representative Cllr Tony Flaherty in Longford last week.
Following a brief discussion Cllr Mulleady, Cllr Glennon, chairperson of Drumlish Comhairle Ceantair, Mary Lillis and Jonathon Fallon of EPS Consultancy from Newtowncashel were interviewed seperately.
“When we were asked about changing the name of Fianna Fail I said no, definitely not as I did’t think it would be a good idea,” said Ms Lillis.
Cllr Mulleady agreed that the party’s name should not be changed.
“Why should it? Just because of a couple of bad decision? People have to remember that 350,000 people gave Fianna Fail number their one vote in the last election.”
Slightly more cautious about the future, was Cllr Denis Glennon.
“I said that it will be a difficult road ahead, there is no point trading in illusions. It’s really about the younger people and what sort of a future they want to see evolving,” he said.
For Jonathon Fallon many questions still linger among sympathisers over the party and more importantly its leadership.
“What Fianna Fail have at grassroots level is a tremendous belief. Where there is doubts is at the top and where those decisions are taken.
“Politics is a funny game, it’s all about decisions. If Fianna Fail gets those decisions wrong then it can’t (mount a political renaissance),” he admitted.