Sunday 24 September 2017

Yet another blow for 'unlucky' Martin

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin
John Downing

John Downing

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.

Please sign in or register with Independent.ie for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Don't Miss