Monday 24 July 2017

Fionnan Sheahan: Recession was one hurdle even Yates could not clear

Ivan Yates and his wife Deirdre pictured in 2002. Yates's back pain means he often has to lie down while being driven by his wife
Ivan Yates and his wife Deirdre pictured in 2002. Yates's back pain means he often has to lie down while being driven by his wife

Fionnan Sheahan Political Editor

WHEN Garret FitzGerald resigned as Fine Gael leader after the 1987 General Election, Ivan Yates wasn't yet a leadership contender -- but he could still spot Alan Dukes as the favourite.

"I won't be a runner myself, but I'll lead the winner around the parade ring," he told an observer.

Yates had just relinquished the title of youngest TD in the Dail, which he had held for the previous six years, since he was first elected to the Dail in June 1981 at the age of 21.

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