Martin needs FF to win EU seat in Dublin
FIANNA Fail's Dublin candidate for the European Parliament, Mary Fitzpatrick, is a slender foundation on which to base the future fortunes of a leader and a party.
But there is no getting away from the truth that the fortunes of Micheal Martin and Ms Fitzpatrick are intimately connected, for the ongoing credibility of Martin and Fianna Fail depends very much upon the fate of Fitzpatrick.
The extent of the battle and the changed circumstances of the party are very evident on the campaign trail. In the past, Fianna Fail Euro election candidates were followed by flotillas of ministers, taoisigh and variegated hangers-on, mostly of a PR and building variant.