John Dowling: It is Fianna Fail's past sins, not abortion, that will haunt Martin
THIS is a week Micheal Martin will not be sorry to see drawing to a close.
Fianna Fail is down four points in the opinion polls and on Tuesday night he watched as two-thirds of his TDs voted against the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which he supported. Only five colleagues took the same view as Mr Martin and voted accordingly.
The Fianna Fail leader's situation switched a little of the attention away from Fine Gael's internal machinations. There were even questions being asked about whether Mr Martin's future as party leader was up for discussion because of this abortion vote.