Mary Fitzpatrick lashes 'defensive' Fianna Fail election planners
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin says he is confident he has managed to calm the dissent among TDs and senators as his party prepares for a crucial Ard Fheis this weekend.
Mr Martin insisted that his front bench must now adopt a "unity of purpose" and a "sense of coherence" if the party is to be returned to government.
But the sustained criticism of Fianna Fail's performance continued last night after failed European election candidate Mary Fitzpatrick warned that the party faces decline unless it changes its electoral strategy.
"Fianna Fail's senior strategists should stop being defensive, recognise its failures and change its electoral strategy if it is to stave off long-term decline and avoid finding itself a small, niche, rural (predominantly male) party after the next General election," Ms Fitzpatrick said.
The former Dublin city councillor, who intends to stand in the Dublin Central constituency, said it appears the party "has missed opportunity after opportunity and recovery appears increasingly more elusive".
She said the lack of recovery for the party is particularly evident in Dublin.
Mr Martin said he accepts all members of his party are entitled to express their views, but a sense of discipline is also required.
"It's important people have their views and perspectives but it's important unity of purpose and coherence are the watchwords," he said.