Party on Micheál: No pretender to Martin’s throne despite rebel rumblings

With the cost of living crisis, mixed results in the polls and tensions in the coalition, can the Taoiseach outwit the disgruntled members in his own parliamentary party to remain as leader?

Taoiseach Micheál Martin: warned rebel TDs that the Irish people would not take kindly to ‘navel-gazing’. Picture: PA

Taoiseach Micheál Martin was in Tokyo on a trade mission last week when he found himself having to answer questions about a possible Fianna Fáil backbench heave.

He has been adamant that he is going to stay leader of the party, move into the office of Tánaiste as planned on December 15 and then take Fianna Fáil into the next election.

Not everyone, however, sees it this way. The parliamentary party is split three ways ...