Taoiseach Micheál Martin plays down backbench rebellion
31st December 2021
Taoiseach Micheál Martin has insisted that members of Fianna Fáil are ‘working well’ together, despite unrest among rebel backbenchers over his leadership.
The party leader admitted there are differing opinions among party members but he believes the mood has ‘settled down well’ since returning to face-to-face meetings when COVID-19 restrictions eased earlier this year.
Asked about his thoughts on the party members who are unhappy with his leadership, the Taoiseach said he has ‘facilitated a fairly free framework’ of allowing members to have their own opinions.© Provided by Extra.ie Taoiseach Micheál Martin has insisted that members of Fianna Fáil are ‘working well’ together, despite unrest among rebel backbenchers over his leadership. Pic: Damien Eagers/PA Wire
‘I have worked very hard with my colleagues in the parliamentary party and we are working well. I have, since I became leader, facilitated a fairly free framework of people having opinions and having ideas.
‘That has always been my style. I wouldn’t agree with everything that everyone says at any particular time.’
Mr Martin said members had ‘differences’ with him which he said was ‘natural in politics’.
Several high-profile backbench TDs have publicly said they don’t believe Mr Martin should lead Fianna Fáil into the next election, including Barry Cowen, John McGuinness, Eamon Ó Cuiv and James Lawless.© Provided by Extra.ie The Taoiseach said he has ‘facilitated a fairly free framework’ of allowing members to have their own opinions. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie
Sligo-Leitrim TD Marc MacSharry, who resigned from the parliamentary party in September, said he will not return until Mr Martin steps aside.