Thursday 18 January 2018

FF won the water fight but now a longer war looms

Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren
Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren
John Downing

John Downing

Micheál Martin is good at strutting when the occasion arises - but yesterday at Leinster House he set a new standard in walking tall.

In fairness, he has taken considerable political blows since 2011, and his manoeuvrings against Fine Gael, after a good election outcome, were probably due to him. His cock-a-hoop attitude yesterday could also be seen as part of the general and very visible relief among all deputies that they were not facing back on the election trail so quickly after the last one.

But his political gamesmanship against Fine Gael and Enda Kenny was down to simple Dáil arithmetic more than political guile. The acting Taoiseach just did not have the numbers and he had to concede considerable ground to Martin's team.

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