Enda's jaw visibly drops as Gay wins party nod
Published 11/07/2011 | 05:00
GOBSMACKED. It's the only word to describe the flabbergasted expression on the visage of the Taoiseach when Gay Mitchell was declared winner in the high-stakes Aras Hurdle.
Having played his cards cunningly close to his chest for the past few weeks by refusing to endorse one candidate or the other -- to the point that when he listed them off in any speech he scrupulously added "in alphabetical order" every time -- Enda's poker face finally slipped.
Maybe it was apt that the ballroom in Dublin's Regency Hotel had two bookings on Saturday; the first being Fine Gael's selection convention to pick a runner for the Aras, and the second a Dickie Rock gig. After all, it's long been said that politics is showbiz for ugly people.