Lise Hand: All is no longer rosy in Micheál Martin’s garden
On Saturday afternoon in a sunny Dublin Castle, Micheál Martin was the picture of relaxation as he stood and chatted to the media.
On the giant screen behind him, the results of the referendum were turning the map of Ireland green. But more crucially for the Fianna Fáil leader, it was looking increasingly likely that Bobby Aylward was a sure thing to win the Carlow-Kilkenny byelection, the first for the party in 19 years.
During the count, all sorts of politicians materialised on the big stage to take a bow and take in the carnival atmosphere in the yard – the Taoiseach, the Tánaiste, Justice Minister Frances Fitzpatrick, Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, all of whom had conscientiously put their elbows to the campaign wheel.