Ministerial scorecard: How the Cabinet is performing so far

The verdict on a Government that has to date faced unparalleled challenges


Micheál Martin

Up to February, Martin’s score would have been not too far north of zero. A poor election last year dented his confidence. His decision to go with Fine Gael seemed misconceived. He lost two Ministers for Agriculture in quick succession. Against experienced Fine Gael Ministers his team of newbies seemed out of their depth. At times, he did not seem to know what to do with the position he had strived for all his professional life. Internal critics said he could not square one of his big ideas, the shared island unit, with the party’s core aim of a united Ireland.

Leo Varadkar wasn’t a traditional Tánaiste and felt he could speak on behalf of the Coalition, which he did often, and before Martin. The Taoiseach’s parliamentary party swooped at him more ferociously each week than the Grafton Street seagulls. The second surge of Covid-19 after Christmas was the low-point for the government.

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