Tuesday 25 April 2017

Fine Gael lauds Frances Fitzgerald as a 'future Taoiseach'. Why?

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Mark Condren
Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald. Photo: Mark Condren
John Downing

John Downing

It's a great scenario for people in Fine Gael playing "happy families" at the ard fheis.

In brief it goes like this: this Coalition, or a variant of it, is returned. New Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who turns 65 in April, cashes in his chips within two years, possibly with an eye on the autumn 2018 presidential election.

Then the two "young bulls" of the Cabinet, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar, cancel each other out and a compromise safe-pair-of-hands candidate emerges. Enter Frances Fitzgerald, Ireland's first woman Taoiseach.

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