Wednesday 25 April 2018

Celia Larkin: Martin must find a unique cause to rally public support for the forgotten party of Irish politics

The Fianna Fail leader has little time left to get his political mojo back in a changed landscape, writes Celia Larkin

When Micheal Martin is in a debate, he's great. When he gets his teeth into something, he's great. He won the treaty debate hands down on Tuesday night. Great.



The tragic fact is that if he was leading the large centre party of yore, he'd be flying. But he's not. He's trying to lead a small party, including ostentatious dissidents such as Eamon O Cuiv, against a massive government majority, with Sinn Fein snapping at his heels and a bunch of independent and extremely media-friendly TDs competing with Fianna Fail for airtime.

Above all, Fianna Fail can no longer be a catch-all party. We have two catch-all parties in Government. We don't need another one waiting in the wings.

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