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Martin and Co must up their game or FF is on slippery slope to being political history

John Downing


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‘Events’: Micheál Martin has experienced a series of political mishaps since he became Taoiseach. Photo: Domnick Walsh

‘Events’: Micheál Martin has experienced a series of political mishaps since he became Taoiseach. Photo: Domnick Walsh

‘Events’: Micheál Martin has experienced a series of political mishaps since he became Taoiseach. Photo: Domnick Walsh

Micheál Martin could be forgiven for succumbing to the Monday blues today - just pulling that duvet back over his head and staying in bed. Critics might say it would not be such a bad political strategy on grounds that it could do least harm.

Both the party leader and Fianna Fáil are stricken with a very bad case of "'tis worse things are improving". Bad enough to score a disappointing 22pc in the General Election on February 8, but the opinion polls since have logged its fortunes as going down, down and down again.

Yesterday a Red C poll for the Business Post put Fianna Fáil on 10pc - a ranking never, ever, seen anywhere before.