Tuesday, 03 April 2012 00:00
Party leader Micheál Martin apologises for Fianna Fáil mistakes while in government as support for the republican party remains at historic low.
Fianna Fáil's first Ard Fheis (Annual Conference) since its electoral crash last year was portrayed as the "most crucial" for the party since is foundation in 1926.
Polls published before the party's conference in the first weekend of March suggest Fianna Fáil support remains at an all time low of 16 per cent.
Around 3,000 delegates attended the Ard Fheis, which debated substantial policy and organisational changes, some of which were considered fundamental to Fianna Fáil’s future.
The conference was also the first major test for the leadership of Micheál Martin, who days before the Ard Fheis accepted the resignation of his deputy Éamon Ó Cuív over disagreements on the party's stance on the EU Fiscal Stability Treaty.
Mr Martin, who in his keynote speech apologised for Fianna Fáil's role in Ireland's economic collapse, asked party members to look to the future and said the party will act "against anyone who is shown to have abused their position in Fianna Fáil or in elected office".