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Fianna Fáil are the Nemo Rangers of politics, and Martin enjoys the same levels of smugness

Eamonn Sweeney


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Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin.

You can't understand Micheál Martin without understanding Nemo Rangers. The mark of his local club is upon him.

I remember some years ago seeing Nemo play a county championship match against Ilen Rovers in Clonakilty. There were a couple of minutes remaining in the game, which Nemo were winning by a big margin, when a ball was played down the left wing.

A Rovers defender looked favourite to get it but one of the Nemo mentors on the sideline went into a virtual frenzy exhorting one of the team's forwards to chase after it. You'd have sworn the whole outcome depended on this. Your man got to the ball and Nemo ended up adding another point to the tally.