Opinion Columnists

Thursday 21 June 2018

Martin's reshuffle a final roll of dice

The outcome of the referendum is the key to Fianna Fail's immediate future, writes Jody Corcoran

She's behind you: Lisa Chambers could be a contender to succeed Micheal Martin as Fianna Fail leader. Photo: Gerry Mooney
She's behind you: Lisa Chambers could be a contender to succeed Micheal Martin as Fianna Fail leader. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jody Corcoran

Jody Corcoran

Now that Leo Varadkar's spin unit is to be no more, Fianna Fail's problems are at an end, right? That is the logic which follows the heavy concentration of political firepower on the unit since its ill-considered conception.

It was as though Fianna Fail believed voters would go to the polls next year, hold a pencil over the ballot paper and say to themselves: "Nah, I just can't vote for Fine Gael because of this Strategic Communications Unit."

Now the unit is to be scrapped, there can be no more excuses. Either Fianna Fail starts to close the considerable gap in the opinion polls or admits there is something else going on that has propelled Varadkar to within 60-plus seats in the next election, according to those polls.

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