Struggling FF regroups in Athlone

Fianna Fáil's TDs, Senators and MEPs are gathering in Athlone today as the Government prepares for the toughest Dáil term since the party took power 12 years ago.

During the coming weeks, Fianna Fáil and the Greens will have to oversee the introduction of the controversial NAMA legislation and the re-run of the Lisbon Treaty referendum.

They will also have to implement another extremely tough budget in December in order to bring some order to the chaotic public finances.

Fianna Fáil has already seen its support in the opinion polls plummet due to the tax increases, pay reductions and spending cuts introduced to plug the massive black hole in the public finances.

The latest poll yesterday put support for the party at 24%, up three points since May, but Fine Gael is still well ahead on 33%.

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