There is nothing worse than when a sworn enemy seems to be acting reasonably
The title of a play by Tennessee Williams comes to mind when trying to work out where Micheál Martin stands this week. 'Cat On A Hot Tin Roof' just might sum up the extremely uncomfortable position in which the leader of Fianna Fáil now finds himself.
We are seeing very high stakes political drama indeed. Events will gain a momentum of their own, and holding on to set-piece positions will not be without consequence, for all the main players in this new Dáil. They are in uncharted waters - where the tide flows, nobody knows.
Micheál Martin agreeing to a full-blown coalition, under whatever guise, with Fine Gael was never going to happen. The unyielding truth is that the great dividing line in Irish politics, was, is, and will continue to be for a long time into the future, between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Peculiarities of the last election - by way of throwing up a certain set of Dáil numbers - won't change that reality overnight.