Fianna Fáil's management of the public finances during the banking crisis over a decade ago is widely blamed for a significant demise the party's fortunes.
So it was surprising that the normally politically surefooted Taoiseach Micheál Martin landed himself in bother when he asserted that banks were not bailed out.
The following morning he clarified that he had misspoken but not before his political opponents had taken advantage of an open goal.
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