Sunday 24 September 2017

After your rise may come your fall, Frances

Having risen rapidly in the FG power game, Fitzgerald still faces major challenges

FRANCES IN OFFICE: New broom or a case of the emperor’s new suit? The Justice Minister could yet evolve into Fine Gael’s Hillary Clinton, but, to secure that status she must deal with the legacy of a turbulent priest called Alan Shatter
FRANCES IN OFFICE: New broom or a case of the emperor’s new suit? The Justice Minister could yet evolve into Fine Gael’s Hillary Clinton, but, to secure that status she must deal with the legacy of a turbulent priest called Alan Shatter
John Drennan

John Drennan

They say that Frances was a nice girl once. That is not to say that she isn't a nice girl now. But she certainly is a more knowing political creature than the Frances who initially came into Leinster House.

Back then, niceness was the defining characteristic of Fine Gael's frontbench spokesperson for the voicing of appropriate sentiments and occasional bouts of hand-wringing.

Frances was Fine Gael's message to the south Dublin bourgeoisie that the grand old party had not been fully taken over by uncouth Cute Old Phil Hogan types.

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