Fionnan Sheahan: Martin facing up to his own civil war politics
MICHEAL Martin finally showed some steel last night -- but his party is in turmoil. Just days after his own TDs were calling for him to be more assertive in his leadership, the Fianna Fail leader faced down a mini-rebellion, and sacked his deputy, the grandson of the party's founding father.
Eamon O Cuiv, as the direct descendant of Eamon de Valera, is the closest Fianna Fail has to royalty -- even more so after the 2011 General Election wipeout.
He is a longtime darling of the party grassroots, and is viewed as having an enviable insight into the mindset of the Fianna Fail activist, particularly in rural areas.