Micheál Martin

SUDDENLY, after three years of being widely mocked as Leo Varadkar’s pussycat and pilloried by his own members for refusing to fight the Blueshirts, Micheál Martin appears to be vindicated. The polls are beginning to show Fianna Fáil edging ahead of Fine Gael and a real poll – the local elections – reflected that lead. Martin’s strategy, derided by his critics, has been almost childish in its simplicity: if Leo is left in office for long enough, the shine will wear off him.

Childish or not, it appears to be working.