View from the street
Áine McMahontook to the streets this week to ask Fianna Fáil voters about their reasons for supporting the party
Alby Larkin, Dublin
I probably would vote for Fianna Fáil again. The kick they got from voters the last time around might have shaken them back to reality. Fine Gael are just as bad as them. If they had been in power when Fianna Fáil were in power they would have done the same things.
I think they (FF) have learned their lesson and in time they will be voted back in to power. With the mess they made of the economy I’d like to think they wouldn’t make the same mistakes again but who knows? I’ve voted for them in the past; Brian Lenihan jnr was very popular when he was in my area.
Jim Feeney, Galway
I voted for Fianna Fáil in the past and I’d vote for them again. That said, it all depends on what candidate is put forward in my constituency. They may need to look at some of their members such as the older guard who may not be as popular after all that has happened.
There are a couple of good ones coming up now like McGrath who are beginning to hit the right note with people. The current Government made a lot of promises they were unable to keep and they’re vacillating. They’re not being upfront.
To say they’re all typical politicians would be unfair, but that’s how I feel. Fianna Fáil certainly seem to be coming back again.
Fiona Briggs, Lucan
I’d vote for Fianna Fáil again. My family are all Fianna Fáil and I grew up with it, so I support them too. I don’t agree with Fine Gael policy and I don’t really like Enda Kenny. I voted for Fianna Fáil in the last election and I would vote for them again if there was another general election coming up.
It would make for a good change instead of the current set-up with Fine Gael and Labour. I don’t think Fine Gael are doing a good job at the moment. They haven’t delivered very well on their pre-election promises.
I think the public are hungry for change.
Patrick Rohan, Kerry
I probably would vote for Fianna Fáil.
I’m only 18 and never voted before but I wouldn’t rule them out if I was voting in the next election. It depends on who is running in my constituency.
Personally, I wouldn’t hold what party a candidate belonged to against them. If I though the person running is able for the job and I agreed with what they planned to do, I’d vote for them.
I don’t think there’s much difference between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil; they seem similar with regard to most things.