Saturday 27 December 2014

Ones to watch - 10 candidates to break the chains of office

Published 23/03/2014 | 02:30

IN THE FRAME: Clockwise from top left, Leo Varadkar, Roisin Shortall, Pat Gilroy, Oisin Quinn, Lucinda Creighton, Joe Higgins, Louise Phelan, Michael O’Leary, Mary Lou McDonald, and Shane Ross
Minister Leo Varadkar
Roisin Shortall
Pat Gilroy
Lord Mayor Oisin Quinn
Lucinda Creighton
Joe Higgins
Louise Phelan
Michael O'Leary
Mary-Lou McDonald
Shane Ross

Leo Varadkar: Already runs the vital transport side and has the kind of strong personality with credibility to shape the role into a heavy-hitting position.

Roisin Shortall: Bailed out of the Labour Party on a point of principle, but would be her own boss as a mayor with integrity.

Pat Gilroy: No better name recognition than being a former All-Ireland-winning manager of the Dubs, the Dalkia Ireland managing director also brings business experience.

Oisin Quinn: The Lord Mayor of Dublin has led the charge for the post to actually be created so knows what the vision entails.

Lucinda Creighton: Follows in the footsteps of Ken Livingstone in London by being an outsider who would get her own back on the party she left.

Joe Higgins: Becoming an MEP five years ago proves he has the citywide voter appeal and he's not going to get into power through the Dail.

Louise Phelan: The straight-talking PayPal vice-president is just the kind of no-nonsense character with real world nous required to get the capital ship shape.

Michael O'Leary: Loses out by not living in the capital, but the Ryanair chief would send a shockwave through the system and have the chance to boss Dublin Airport Authority.

Mary Lou McDonald: Gives Sinn Fein the chance to prove it can actually be trusted with power and gives her a meaningful role until Gerry Adams – eventually – retires.

Shane Ross: No more sniping from the sidelines, no more chasing whatever scandal comes along, he'd have to practise what he's always been preaching.

Sunday Independent

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