Whatever the by-election result, Martin will still lead FF
Even Fianna Fáil's most ardent supporters might be hard pressed to put a positive gloss on things right now.
Things could get better on that front by the weekend, when the votes for the Carlow-Kilkenny by-election are counted. They could also though get a lot worse. Even allowing for members' belief that the media is out to get them, it doesn't seem like a particularly happy camp.
Privately, senior figures accept it isn't "the most cohesive parliamentary party ever". And, clearly, there is a bit of, what PJ Mara once famously referred to as, "nibbling at my leader's bum", with a couple of TDs making little secret of their leadership ambitions.