John Drennan: Martin's plea for fresh blood inside Senate falls on deaf ears
Fianna Fail's ageing band of senators are giving the party's new leader a headache, writes John Drennan
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has backed away from the first significant challenge to his leadership -- a complete clear-out of the current list of ageing party senators.
With the exception of some younger figures like Marc McSharry most are career senators who are not believed to have any particular ambitions for Dail seats.
Martin told his senators that he was looking for "potential legislators and effective articulators''. However, the response to the leader's plea was epitomised by one scathing comment of: "I think he's looking for political virgins but he won't find too many in this party."