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Micheal Martin will govern with the gentle grit of Jack Lynch

Eoghan Harris


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Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Which mentors inspire Taoiseach Micheal Martin? Look to the two men he cited in Irish - Sean Lemass and Jack Lynch.

Lemass was a peacemaker who went north to meet Captain Terence O'Neill. He also believed Fianna Fail was the party of working people. And Martin checks both boxes.

But Lynch had a tougher task than Lemass - leading a split party through the Northern Troubles, staving off civil war.