Pillars of the Fianna Fáil community

Pillars of the Fianna Fáil community
Micheál Martin needs between ten and 15 extra seats in the next general election to be sure of staying on as party leader Pic: PA

Fianna Fáil is targeting three ‘pillar’ objectives ahead of the next election: retaining its 45 seats, making gains in Dublin, and taking more seats in constituencies where it is already represented. But if these things don’t happen, Micheál Martin’s days as leader could be numbered

Micheál Martin is heading into his third general election as Fianna Fáil leader – one in which he needs to get ten to 15 extra seats. If he and his party cannot make those sort of gains, then there is no chance of them being able to form the next government and of Martin realising his dream of becoming taoiseach.

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