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