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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin outside Government Buildings in Dublin

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin outside Government Buildings in Dublin

Taoiseach in waiting: Micheál Martin, leaving Government Buildings after talks concluded on a programme for government. PHOTO: GERRY MOONEY

Taoiseach in waiting: Micheál Martin, leaving Government Buildings after talks concluded on a programme for government. PHOTO: GERRY MOONEY

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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin outside Government Buildings in Dublin

Micheál Martin is close to banishing the dark cloud that has hung over him constantly since January 2011.

He is three party membership ballots away from ensuring that he will not become "the first ever Fianna Fáil leader never to have been Taoiseach", as was so often predicted.

It has been a decade of uphill battling for the Cork city TD, but he comes from fighting stock.