It took Enda Kenny nine years from his election as Fine Gael leader in 2002 to bring his party back into government in 2011.
The events that eased his path – the collapse of Fianna Fáil’s vote and its 58-seat loss – meant that Micheál Martin’s road back seemed like a much longer one.
Even if his party was willing to give him as much time as Fine Gael...
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