Micheal Martin's steel was forged in the fire of FF's 2011 wipeout
Four words sum up the past two weeks: complicity, character, cowardice and civility.
Concerned about complicity to put a cloud over Sergeant Maurice McCabe, Micheal Martin had the character to set off for goal. He beat Fine Gael defenders, faint-hearts in his own party, Sinn Fein, and finally Leo Varadkar. In victory, he showed a magnanimity that could help create a new political civility between the two main parties.
Let's tease out these four words a bit more.