Saturday 17 February 2018

Whatever the by-election result, Martin will still lead FF

'Nobody is going to come close to blowing Michéal’s house down'
'Nobody is going to come close to blowing Michéal’s house down'
Shane Coleman

Shane Coleman

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.

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