If only Fianna Fail could scale such heights in Dail
Fianna Fail may well have a metaphorical mountain to climb before they get their paws back on the levers of power, but some of the party's backroom boys are getting up close and personal with a quartet of the real things this weekend.
A half-dozen Fianna Fail press officers and researchers – who have wittily dubbed themselves 'The Unknown Soldiers' – are taking part in the Four Peaks Challenge in aid of Focus Ireland, which involves vertiginous climbs over three days. The intrepid bunch climbed Carrauntoohil in Kerry (3,414ft) yesterday, and tackle Mweelrea in Mayo (2,688ft), Slieve Donard in Down (2,796ft) and Lugnaquilla in Wicklow (3039ft) today and tomorrow.
One of the press spinners who was very fond of the cigs gave up the gaspers to train for the mountaineering marathon, and has transformed into a bit of a health nut.
"He's turned into Micheal Martin," confided one impressed insider, referring to the famously fastidious party leader who appears to survive on a diet of green tea, kiwis and bananas.
But in fairness to the Fianna Fail crew, they have so far raised over €5,000 for the homeless charity Focus Ireland.
Let's hope it's not the peak of their party's achievements this year.