Updated: 26/01/18 : 05:04:32
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Martin. Must. Go. Three billboards to come

By Eugene McGloin
Political Editor

THEY ALL rushed to backslap Meehawl Martin after his Dáil speech to legalise abortion.

Fine lot of good it did him in the first Ipsos MRBI opinion poll for The Irish Times in the immediate aftermath.

Published yesterday it showed Meehawl down one as leader; within the margin of error he’s stayed more or less the same as before he said anything.

Hardly Represents

Ditto Fianna Fáil, Sinn Fein, Labour, who all stayed the same. Fine Gael lost two points (maybe) to independents.

The new poll stats hardly represents the mandate one of those independents, Katherine Zappone, seems to think she has for liberal abortion law.

Leo Varadkar, who has said NOTHING yet on the subject, climbed to record levels of support in yesterday’s poll. 

Hmmm. ‘You say it best when you say nothing at all,’ same as it sez in the song.

A song for Meehawl?  Maybe the same song.....or maybe ‘so long, it’s been good to know ya.’

Half Time

Sooner or later his leadership will face a challenge inside the Fianna Fáil party.

There are four reasons why Meehawl should face that test by his TDs sooner:-

1. Albert Reynolds was leader for only half the time, yet served as head of two separate government and (superbly) handled the era of ceasefires;

2. Meehawl has two general election defeats under his belt and is unmistakably heading the party for an (unwanted) historic third thrashing;

3. He thumbed-up his nose at the views of the party faithful in his recent stance on abortion;

4. He kept many of his elected TDs in the dark and yet he expects their loyalty when it comes to giving leadership. 

If nothing else, Meehawl Martin needs a new mandate inside Fianna Fáil.

We/he need new markers as to where he — and the rest of us — stand.

Meanwhile, the Irish edition of The Times classified those opposed to Martin as writing Fianna Fail’s “suicide note” yesterday, Thursday

Most of the leadership contenders when/if there is a vacancy have now rowed in behind Meehawl.

In other words, whatever the song it is, they all sing from the same hymn sheet.

Democratic Deficit

As a long seasoned observer of Fianna Fáil, that too sounds (equally) 
like a suicide note.

Oh, those three billboards. Did I see some soccer guys painting them earlier this month. Martin. Must. Go. They might all see light of day yet!