Wednesday 21 February 2018

Martin is starting to look like a lame duck at helm of Fianna Fáil

Is the door starting to close on Micheál Martin’s tenure as leader of Fianna Fáil?
Is the door starting to close on Micheál Martin’s tenure as leader of Fianna Fáil?
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Spare a thought for Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, whose efforts to resurrect the party's fortunes are being met with most resistance from within his own ranks.

As the party prepares for its Ard Fheis later this month, hopeful headlines about a possible renewal have been conspicuous by their absence, replaced instead with tales of public sniping and backbiting by disgruntled TDs.

Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness has expressly stated he will mount a leadership challenge if the direction of the party does not change, while Éamon Ó Cuív has predicted the imminent demise of the former behemoth of Irish politics unless drastic action is taken.

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