Current polls have Fianna Fáil as the state's most popular party and if such polls were to happen in an election, Fianna Fáil would most likely be back in government. The question I ask is, has Fianna Fáil learned from their past mistakes? The mistakes that caught up with them and was the reason for their heavy defeat in the 2011 election.
-The economic mismanagement of the country's finances
-The indulgences they gave themselves in government like huge pay rises, Bertie Ahern becoming one of the World's highest earning heads of government in 2007 even earning more than the US president. The pay rises for TDs and ministers and the gold plated pensions for retiring ministers who took full advantage of this in the last Dáil.
-Their lack of touch from reality. The mercs pulling into a cabinet meeting in 2010 while the ordinary people of the country were(and still are) suffering financial burdens. Bertie Ahern's comment on economic pessimists in 2007, before the bust, to kill themselves.
-The lies that were told to the public. Lenihan's 'cheapest bailout' remark and most damning of all Noel Dempsey and Dermot Ahern telling the people on TV that discussions on a possible bailout were 'fictional'.
-The cosy relationship with business people and vested interests that blurred government policy.
And I'm sure others will have more to come up with it. All I can think of for now. Michael Martin may have issued an apology for FF's mistakes upon becoming leader but do you the public believe they have learned from their mistakes? And do FF members genuinely feel they have learned from the past and won't repeat the same mistakes in the future?