The polls will only tell you so much - the truth is in the verdict
John Downing's opinion piece in the Irish Independent (January 18) undoubtedly suggests that it comes from attending the FF Ard Fheis, and seeks to apply a slightly frustrated outsider's logic to the position Micheál Martin has presented for weeks now regarding the outcome of the election.
As a member of FF who attended the Ard Fheis (although I can see how, as an outsider, he might assume to have reached logical conclusions) John is, in fact, very far from understanding the position. I don't know whether he was in the main hall between 7 and 8pm, but if he was he might have a little better insight - as during that time we revisited our roots and the events of 1916 as told through the mouths of relatives of the leaders.
As Éamon Ó Cúiv put it, we must be the only nation on earth that commemorates failure, as 1916 was a hopeless failure at the time. It led to great things though, and where we find ourselves today is no further back and certainly in a much better place than in 1916.