Yet another blow for 'unlucky' Martin
FOR many outside the Leinster House bubble, talk about "ALDE" would lead seamlessly to a discussion of Lidl and on to some detailed special offer comparisons.
But this row over super poll-topper Brian Crowley suddenly jumping ship from ALDE – aka the European Parliament Liberal grouping – is in fact big stuff, especially if your name is Micheal Martin. The upshot is that, not only has Fianna Fail lost its one and only Euro MEP, they have also lost a political phenomenon of 20 years duration who hoovered up 180,000-plus votes in last month's election.
It also comes at a bad time for Micheal Martin who has again been shown as a rather "unlucky general" – despite the determination, skill and persistence he had shown on occasions since taking up the poisoned chalice of party leadership in January 2011.