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From jaded SF to Martin's run in sun - 10 points to ponder on new Coalition

Gerard O'Regan


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Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwells

Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwells

Micheál Martin. Photo: Maxwells

1. Watching his back

Micheál Martin's visceral relief at finally becoming Taoiseach will be an all too short pleasure. He will be just settling into the job when the swap deal with Varadkar takes place.

When stepping down from his current role, he must especially ensure he remains party leader - and thereby the Government's number two. That means keeping pretenders to his crown at bay. It might explain the snubbing of Dara Calleary.