Saturday 23 September 2017

John Downing: Fianna Fáil 'putting country first' because timing doesn't suit party

Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin Photo: Tom Burke
Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin Photo: Tom Burke
John Downing

John Downing

You don't have to overdo things with the salt cellar - but a sprinkling of salt is required nonetheless.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin tells us that his party "put the country first" in not backing Sinn Féin's opportunistic motion of no-confidence arising from the political debacle of the past week. He and his colleagues have rightly argued that an election - which nobody wants - would not help resolve the malaise in An Garda Síochána, or remedy the grave injustice done to Sgt Maurice McCabe.

This is all true. But it also begs a simple question: what would be required for Fianna Fáil to pull the plug?

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