Medb Ruane: Fianna Fáil sit at a crossroads -- and Micheál needs a right turn
As Taoiseach Brian Cowen says goodbye to the country, Fianna Fáil's version of David Brent may insist that he did put people before politics and took 'hard decisions' for 'the common good'. Then off to the Áras he'll go.
His standing down will be a turning point for the Fianna Fáil ethos. No longer a national movement, Fianna Fáil is set to become a run-of-the-mill political party for the first time in almost 80 years.
New leader Micheál Martin spoke passionately about Fianna Fáil. He strode into the general election campaign wielding his charm like a light sabre. "Debate me," he urged Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore. "Forgive us our mistakes," he entreated everyone around.