Martin shows Enda how persistence in face of fickle public can pay dividends
Micheál Martin is a walking example of the value of persistence in the face of adversity in public life. Mr Martin's current ascendant position in Irish politics also personifies the Irish people's inability to remain angry for any prolonged length of time.
Those are two thoughts an embattled Enda Kenny will have pondered over the past eight days, which were his worst since he was first elected Taoiseach on March 9, 2011. Mr Martin's eventual success after five years of boxing off the ropes is another thing telling Kenny to tough this one out.
But the real question for the Taoiseach, and his jittery party colleagues, continues to be: How long can and should Kenny continue to battle in this way?