Bruce Arnold: Martin's actions prove he was never right for top job
Published 29/08/2011 | 05:00
Micheal Martin was the wrong choice to lead Fianna Fail. He was the worst choice of the four contenders in the leadership contest at the end of January of this year.
I said so, clearly and emphatically, in an article in this paper at the end of that month, putting him at the tail-end of the available candidates, a long way behind my first nominee, Eamon O Cuiv. My second, Mary Hanafin, failed to get elected in my own constituency due to the party's madness in running two ministers instead of Hanafin on her own. The third option, Brian Lenihan, is no longer with us.
Fianna Fail's foolishness dated back well before the January leadership change into the autumn of 2010 when Brian Cowen's hold on power was crumbling and when Micheal Martin's self-interest led to his ill-conceived and ill-executed challenge when he fumbled over his membership of the Cabinet while indicating he would seek to replace the party leader.