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Lise Hand: Micheal's not sheepish about task ahead but he refuses to bash Bertie

Published 28/07/2011 | 05:00

'I'M off to get a photograph with a sheep," explained Micheal Martin as he climbed into his car. "The sheep is a very important animal, you know," he added with a straight face. Oh the joys of life in Opposition. There have been quite a few (of the few) Fianna Fail politicians wandering about Glenties this week -- it kills some time, now that they're not embroiled in their usual activity of governing the country.

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And one of the more junior members of the party's ranks lobbed an unexpected grenade at a once-revered commandant while she was speaking at the MacGill talkathon on Monday.

Although she didn't actually name Bertie, there was little doubt that he was in Averil Power's gunsights when she declared that "in the new Fianna Fail, there must be no place for anybody who thinks it's acceptable to carry around suitcases full of cash, give loans to friends from party funds or refuse to answer reasonable questions about their rather unorthodox financial arrangements".

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