O Cuiv is now nothing but a busted flush
More than three weeks before the casting of votes in the referendum, one clear winner has already emerged.
By successfully facing down his former deputy Eamon O Cuiv, Micheal Martin's position is now probably more secure than at any time since he was elected Fianna Fail leader in January 2011.
In truth, Mr Martin has been blessed with his enemies. Since last February, when he announced that he was opposed to the Fiscal Stability Treaty and would be voting No in the referendum, Mr O Cuiv's behaviour has grown increasingly erratic.