Firstly, apologies about the lack of a fada in his name. Can't figure out on a iPad how to do that. Mods feel free to amend.
Anyway, we have the polls and now the bye election which show the surgence FF. like them or loathe them. This has happened at a time when FF came from it's lowest ebb and when many thought the road was irrecoverable. So one has to ask has Martin been a great leader or has he been a lucky one ?
He appears to have adopted a policy of almost shyness from the public eye and has let the likes of McGrath take the limelight. That's strikes me as clever as he still reminds people the financial collapse in Ireland which occurred under FFs watch. He has managed to manoeuvre his party to a seeming opposition to many issues which FF introduced in practice or principle, eg, property. tax and paying the bond holders. He seems to have convinced the electorate that FF were pretty much blameless or at least unlucky in timing, and what's impressive is that people now appear to be taking not an awful lot of notice of the govt war cry that they are just fixing FFs mistakes.
On the other hand was he lucky? I mean was the only way up for FF anyway? Were votes just lent to FG and particuarly Labour. Has the govt been so poor and in particular labour that options for the electorate had little choice. Have SF been poor in not exploiting the circumstances enough. Had Barney the Dinosaur been at the helm would FF have resurged?
So what do people think, good, great, average or lucky? Btw, we all know the rehearsed insults by now. Can we stick to genuine honest debate if at all possible.