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Martin left to regret his failed poll gamble

Mandy Johnston


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'Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil presented an almost one-man show.' Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

'Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil presented an almost one-man show.' Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

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'Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil presented an almost one-man show.' Photo: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

'Every saint has a past and every sinner a future" - Oscar Wilde could never have known one of his quotes would come to articulate the political landscape a century after his passing. And yet here we are.

Fianna Fáil was not rewarded for its saintly role in the outgoing minority Fine Gael government. Far from it. And Sinn Féin is no longer ostracised for the sins of its fathers.

As the political establishment endeavours to come to terms with the new landscape, Fianna Fáil finds itself in an extraordinary position. Boxed into a corner by a myriad of its own stratagems, everything is still to play for as Micheál Martin continues his attempt to become taoiseach.