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
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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