Stephen Collins: Martin’s courageous stance on Sinn Féin is correct
Getting a Dáil foothold would be Sinn Féin’s first step to acquire total power in the State
Micheál Martin: his preference after the next election would probably be for a coalition involving Fianna Fáil, the Labour Party and a number of Independents
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has staked his political future on a pledge not to enter coalition with Sinn Féin after the next election. His courageous stance could cost him the taoiseach’s office, but he is on solid ground in believing he is acting in the long-term interests of his party and the country.
Martin’s renewal of his commitment to eschew coalition with Sinn Féin in any circumstances was one of the few clear commitments to emerge from the political party think-ins that preceded the return of the Dáil from its summer break.