Martin wants a big chunk of government power - from the opposition comfort zone
Against all odds, approaching his 56th birthday, Micheal Martin had a real chance to become Taoiseach for a spell.
The only real impediment appeared to be the large number of his troops who had painted themselves too deeply into the "no-truck-with-Fine Gael" corner.
All of that was early yesterday. By today the Fianna Fáil leader and his party look set on becoming the first politicial party in Ireland's history hell bent on turning down power.