Tuesday 17 October 2017

Kevin Doyle: A win for Justice Minister is seen as impossible . . . but her story suggests she might well run anyway

Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Frances Fitzgerald's career path indicates she is not a woman for making 10-year plans. With three young children, she gave up on a successful and balanced life as a social worker to enter politics in her early 40s because Garret FitzGerald challenged her.

In the coming weeks another challenge will be presented to the 66-year-old. Few would bet on her being the next leader of Fine Gael, but her story suggests she might run anyway.

Some in Leinster House see her enthusiasm for the contest as a way of securing her position at the Cabinet table or even a roundabout way of winning a presidential nomination in 2018 - but sources close to the minister insist she is not "a plotter".

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