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Friday 22 September 2017

Martin's job is on the line if he can't take out Varadkar

Fianna Fail leader has one more chance to be elected as Taoiseach - or he will risk sparking internal turmoil, says Philip Ryan

FUTURE SHOCK: Jim O’Callaghan, spending a lot of time in the Law Library. Photo: Tom Burkeadviser.
FUTURE SHOCK: Jim O’Callaghan, spending a lot of time in the Law Library. Photo: Tom Burkeadviser.

Micheal Martin was first elected to the Dail on June 14, 1989. Leo Varadkar was 10 years old.

Next Wednesday, almost 28 years later to the day, Martin will facilitate the election of Varadkar as Taoiseach.

Martin, without question, has had a highly successful career in politics but has yet to claim the ultimate prize. He has held three ministries - the first when he was 36 years old - and, of course, is the leader of Fianna Fail. He took on Fine Gael and the critics to make major gains at the last general election and opinion polls consistently show he is the country's most popular political leader.

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