Martin's in trouble on home turf in battle to remain cork's top dog
MICHEAL Martin is in trouble in his own backyard.
Despite his personal popularity, the Fianna Fail factor looks set to scupper plans for him to bring home a running mate in Cork.
A new poll suggests that Martin is to be dethroned as a top dog in Cork South Central for the first time since 1992.
And constituency colleague Michael McGrath is in serious danger of losing his seat.
The Irish Examiner-Red C poll finds that Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney will top the poll on the first count.
His surplus should then be enough to secure seats for sitting TD Deirdre Clune and possibly even Senator Jerry Buttimer. Labour TD Ciaran Lynch is also a safe bet.
It would be a major coup for Fine Gael if they were able to take three seats in Martin's constituency and a serious blow to the Fianna Fail leader.
The poll shows Coveney on 19pc followed by Martin on 18pc and Lynch on 14pc.