Tuesday 6 December 2016

Micheal Martin: a leader who looks weak and indecisive because he is

If it's not already too late, Micheal Martin needs to choose what sort of Fianna Fail leader he wants to be

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 31/05/2015 | 02:30

DIDN’T SEE IT COMING: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin with Senator Averil Power, whose decision to quit last week shook the party just as it was celebrating its first by-election win in 19 years
DIDN’T SEE IT COMING: Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin with Senator Averil Power, whose decision to quit last week shook the party just as it was celebrating its first by-election win in 19 years

Someone once said that the essence of leadership is being able to see the iceberg before it hits the Titanic.

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Micheal Martin, captain of the good ship Fianna Fail, certainly didn't see the danger coming last weekend. Perhaps he was locked away in his cabin, celebrating Bobby Aylward's victory in Carlow- Kilkenny - the party's first by-election win in 19 years. Perhaps he thought the good mood which suffused the country in the wake of a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage meant that the political waters were calm enough to leave the bridge unattended for a while.

Either way, the Fianna Fail leader was left looking like Irish politics' answer to Captain Edward J Smith, a man no longer in control of his own ship, and fated to go down in history as the one in command when it finally sank

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