The FF dilemma for Gay Byrne
And here is your host -- Micheal Martin! Gay Byrne is nobody's fool and he will realise that, even before he makes any formal decision, he is already embroiled in the complexities of the presidential election.
Mr Martin has taken a political risk in approaching Mr Byrne, and the latter will take a personal risk if he stands, with or without the backing of the decimated Fianna Fail. As for Mr Martin's risk-taking, many in the higher reaches of the party did not know of his decision to make that phone call, and the committee which is supposed to consider the party's options has yet to meet.
Presumably, his move rules out the possibility of approaches to other famous broadcasters -- Miriam O'Callaghan and Micheal O Muircheartaigh have been mentioned. Away from showbiz, prominent party members, notably Brian Crowley and Eamon O Cuiv, who have their own interest in joining the presidential race, will be less than pleased.