Saturday 25 February 2017

A great result - but now Martin faces a dilemma

John Downing

John Downing

Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Micheál Martin. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Sometimes, when you are on a high, the next moves are very perilous. So it is with Micheál Martin. A nationwide poll yesterday said a majority finds him the most credible person to be the next Taoiseach.

Almost four out of 10 people in the poll for the 'Sunday Independent' found the Fianna Fáil leader a more popular choice for Taoiseach than our current night-watchman in that office, Enda Kenny. Mr Kenny got fewer than one in five to back his return as anchor tenant in Government Buildings.

But people of a certain age will appreciate that this survey finding really is something like the "clap-o-meter." That was a measure of public applause in TV talent competitions and those were even more ephemeral than the generality of opinion polls.

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