Martin backs FG into a very reasonable but uneasy corner
For once Micheál Martin has the Taoiseach right where he wants him: trapped.
Since Leo Varadkar took over as leader of Fine Gael, he has always appeared to be one step ahead of his more experienced rival. The Taoiseach's ability to spin, to set the agenda and to ride high in the polls despite the housing crisis is deeply frustrating for not just the Fianna Fáil leader but also most of his troops.
Over the summer Mr Varadkar tried to kill speculation that he was looking for an excuse to run to the country by seeking a new confidence and supply deal that would run until 2020.