John Downing: Fianna Fáil 'putting country first' because timing doesn't suit party
You don't have to overdo things with the salt cellar - but a sprinkling of salt is required nonetheless.
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin tells us that his party "put the country first" in not backing Sinn Féin's opportunistic motion of no-confidence arising from the political debacle of the past week. He and his colleagues have rightly argued that an election - which nobody wants - would not help resolve the malaise in An Garda Síochána, or remedy the grave injustice done to Sgt Maurice McCabe.
This is all true. But it also begs a simple question: what would be required for Fianna Fáil to pull the plug?