House of cards: the changing political fortunes of a taoiseach

There have been murmurings within Fianna Fáil for the past year about replacing Micheál Martin as taoiseach – but doing so is a more complex prospect than it seems, especially given his recent recovery

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent @aiden_corkery
21st February, 2021
House of cards: the changing political fortunes of a taoiseach
Taoiseach Micheál Martin: his FF opponents have vastly underestimated what’s involved in deposing him as party leader Pic: Getty

Early last month, Micheál Martin’s grip on the Taoiseach’s job he had craved for decades looked perilously weak.

The government’s decision to allow a broad reopening of society ahead of Christmas had backfired spectacularly, with daily Covid-19 cases breaching the 8,000 mark. Hospital staff openly questioned their ability to cope with the increase in patients, while teachers were anxious about returning to classrooms in such circumstances.

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