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James Downey: Martin won battle, but not the war

Published 10/02/2011 | 05:00

Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin put in a 'breathtaking' performance against Labour's Eamon Gilmore in the leaders' debate
Fianna Fail's Micheal Martin put in a 'breathtaking' performance against Labour's Eamon Gilmore in the leaders' debate

MICHEAL Martin won the TV debate with Eamon Gilmore, and by a comfortable margin. A great many people don't want to believe that, and they protested in their thousands yesterday.

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Typically, it used to be the Fianna Fail supporters who flooded the radio stations with their calls. This time, it is the people on the opposite side. They couldn't believe their ears when they heard Martin declared the winner. But he did win, and in the first 15 minutes, and for a reason closely related to the passionate feelings of those very people.

There is only one issue in this election campaign. The Fianna Fail-led government which has held office for the last 14 years has been a calamitous failure. It has ravaged the economy. It has trampled on the spirits of the people.

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