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'The Dail has to change. It was a Punch and Judy show'

Micheal Martin, the new leader of what he sees as the new Fianna Fail, favours fundamental political change, writes Aengus Fanning

Published 06/02/2011 | 05:00

'WE'RE GONE PAST PLAYING THE GAME IN THIS COUNTRY': Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin with Sunday Independent Editor Aengus Fanning. Photo: David Conachy
'WE'RE GONE PAST PLAYING THE GAME IN THIS COUNTRY': Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin with Sunday Independent Editor Aengus Fanning. Photo: David Conachy

There is something about politicians. While ordinary mortals might think there is no point in trying to sail your boat when the tide is out, politicians positively thrive in swimming against the tide.

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But I'm not at all sure that the Fianna Fail tide has gone out quite as far as people think, or as the national polls seem to show.

Micheal Martin has only a few weeks to turn that tide, and at best he will have modest success.

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