Sunday 22 October 2017

FF must set clear course or be left trailing in Leo's wake

Yates Country

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Picture: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin Picture: Tom Burke
Ivan Yates

Ivan Yates

The election of Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach is a pivotal turning point in the lifetime of this Dáil. It marks a seismic switch in focus from the last election's legacy towards gearing up for the next contest.

It will markedly heighten tension, up the tempo and increase the adversarial testiness of all political combat. In all parties and none, energy will supplant lethargy. The starting pistol will be fired on the real race - who will be taoiseach after the next election.

As of now the bookies (always my default starting point of realism for perspicacious punditry) say it's a two-way fight with Micheál Martin 4/6 favourite and Leo Varadkar 5/4. That suggests Fianna Fáil is set fair to again become the largest party and lead the next government.

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