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Philip Ryan


 

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All smiles: Micheál Martin reacts to being elected. Photo: Getty

All smiles: Micheál Martin reacts to being elected. Photo: Getty

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All smiles: Micheál Martin reacts to being elected. Photo: Getty

The Fianna Fáil parliamentary party room is set up like a theatre-style university classroom.

The leader sits at the top of the room and the elected members sit diligently in rows of chairs in front of him.

There's a portrait photograph of Micheál Martin on the wall with a Tricolour and EU flag on either side of him.