Be afraid - after four years in wilderness FF old guard return
Be afraid. Be very afraid. See them step out from the undergrowth. Watch them stretch, sniff the air, and put out feelers about running for election. The Fianna Fáil old guard are emerging again - and as they surface, they cast a long shadow over Micheál Martin.
Tonight, former Fianna Fáil junior minister Martin Mansergh makes a bid for a re-admission to the Dáil, offering himself as a candidate before the party's selection convention in Tipperary. He was booted out in the Waterloo of 2011.
A few days ago, Bobby Aylward - also a 2011 casualty - won back the seat he lost. He strode into Dáil Éireann at the centre of a gang of TDs, like Wyatt Earp among his deputies going into a Tombstone saloon to put manners on some desperadoes.