A lose-lose scenario, no matter what option is chosen
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin's options on the presidency appear to be lose-lose situations. He can:
•Nominate nobody: The only scenario where Micheal Martin gets his way and reasserts some authority over the party. The party leader set out his stall last week that this was his preference, yet pulled back to avoid acrimony.
•Nominate anybody: An open vote allowing all 33 TDs and senators to decide individually who to support would suit Labhras O Murchu best as he could sweep up support from party colleagues.
•Nominate everybody: The party can divide its support between candidates, including Labhras O Murchu, Dana Rosemary Scallon, and David Norris, in an organised way, depending on who needs the support.
•Nominate a Fianna Fail candidate: A complete reversal of the decision of a fortnight ago would be deeply embarrassing and appear to be a panic reaction to Martin McGuinness's arrival.