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Emboldened by a well-received Budget, Taoiseach Micheál Martin has tightened his grip on Fianna Fáil party leadership

Predictions that Micheál Martin will be replaced at the helm of Fianna Fáil by year’s end look to be off the mark

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Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaks to reporters at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin. Picture by Sam Boal

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaks to reporters at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin. Picture by Sam Boal

Taoiseach Micheál Martin speaks to reporters at the Fianna Fáil ard fheis in the RDS, Dublin. Picture by Sam Boal

On Tuesday night, in between Budget votes, Micheál Martin paid a rare visit to the Dáil members’ bar. His former junior minister Robert Troy, who resigned in a cloud of controversy last month, had just bought a round of drinks for half-a-dozen or so Fianna Fáil TDs and senators. He proceeded to stick a pint on for the Taoiseach.

Martin stayed for the guts of an hour and, according to those present, bought a round himself. The mood was good, even among those considered to be critics of the Fianna Fáil leader. “[Fianna Fáil TDs] Jackie Cahill and Pádraig O’Sullivan were like the Praetorian Guard, they were beating fellas away,” claimed one onlooker.


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