Alison O’Connor: Cautious Martin will have to stop playing it safe
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin faces the performance of his political career on Saturday at the 73rd Fianna Fail Ard Fheis. If he flunks he may as well turn in his spurs.
The best thing that could happen the Corkman between now and then would be the publication of the Mahon Tribunal report. Then Mr Martin could use the opportunity of his television speech on Saturday night to properly cut former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern loose.
But even if the long-awaited report doesn't appear this week he's going to have to abandon his normally safe approach and go for broke. Otherwise he faces the prospect of viewers grabbing their remote control in some disgust, and switching to soccer on RTE 2.