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FF must rebuild from ground up

Whether Martin has what it takes to turn his party around remains to be seen, says Jody Corcoran

Published 28/08/2011 | 05:00

BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED: Micheal Martin has three years — no more — to turn around the dire situation Fianna Fail finds itself in. Photo: Gerry Mooney
BLOODIED BUT UNBOWED: Micheal Martin has three years — no more — to turn around the dire situation Fianna Fail finds itself in. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Eight years ago, at a conference in Galway, Enda Kenny pottered around a hotel lobby late at night to look for some company to keep. He was the new leader of Fine Gael. Few thought he would ever be Taoiseach.

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FG was in the doldrums, virtually wiped out at the polls the year before. Kenny had become leader by default. That night in Galway, he seemed a man overwhelmed.

His circumstance then, and now, could scarcely be compared with that of Micheal Martin and Fianna Fail, although there are marked similarities.

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