Monday 24 July 2017

Martin steals a march with Dáil reform plans

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Pic: Mark Condren
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Pic: Mark Condren
John Downing

John Downing

Michaél Martin emerged as the one who took most from a General Election which battered the political establishment.

But he and Fianna Fáil colleagues old and new came under immediate and intense pressure on their next moves from early yesterday. His response at teatime last night appears at first glance to be quite clever.

It is a demand that first business - ahead of even talks about talks around the next government - must centre around Dáil reform. It is a good piece of gamesmanship as it allows Fianna Fáil the chance to perhaps succeed in framing the agenda for the first meeting of this 32nd Dáil in 10 days' time.

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