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John Drennan: Mighty Fianna Fail wakes up as an ordinary little party

The Fianna Fail brand is toxic and the once great national movement faces the loss of up to 53 seats, writes John Drennan

Published 16/01/2011 | 05:00

ON Friday, as Micheal Martin respectfully told his Taoiseach it would be a grand thing entirely if he were to listen to his backbenchers during Mr Cowen's curious "consultative" exercise, he sounded like a man who is very sure that he has the votes in the bag and that the string is pulled tight.

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It would be a stroke that would even impress Bertie if Martin does secure the leadership of Fianna Fail through a bloodless coup.

Many, however, are puzzled that the cautious Cork Dauphin has seemingly moved to secure the prize before the election. Micheal is, after all, a man who is very fond of conventional wisdom -- and that suggests it would surely be better for him to wait until after the election to secure the rotting crown.

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