Sunday 21 January 2018

Gene Kerrigan: Martin is on the front foot - but it takes three to tango

With less to fear from the flip-flop brigade than Gilmore, Cinderella Kenny has to try on that shoe, says Gene Kerrigan

THE reporter was only halfway through the question when a smile began to form on Micheal Martin's lips. This was an easy one. There was a time when it would have been an awkward question, but now he's the undisputed leader of Fianna Fail he doesn't have to worry about offending former bigshots.

In the list of failures of Fianna Fail's long reign, asked the reporter, where did Micheal Martin rank the failure to construct the Bertie Bowl? Mr Martin's smile was now wide. It was an inclusive smile -- inviting us all in on the joke. And the joke was Bertie Ahern -- the man who declared that his greatest regret is the failure to build that cherished "infrastructural stadium".

The new Fianna Fail leader had come to Ballina to launch the party's latest tourism strategy. At times his answers to questions about tourism wandered into baffling jargon. After one answer, a puzzled reporter said: "Can I ask you what that means?"

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