Tuesday 28 March 2017

Eyes wide open: Leo's slow but sure march to lead FG

Leo Varadkar's public challenge to Alan Shatter has its eye on the leadership, writes John Drennan

POWER GAME: The Transport Minister may have set his sights on Martin Callinan last week, but this is all about Alan Shatter.
POWER GAME: The Transport Minister may have set his sights on Martin Callinan last week, but this is all about Alan Shatter.
John Drennan

John Drennan

IN politics, there are ways, when dealing with controversial issues, of getting into fights, and of avoiding fights. Leo Varadkar has been so politically cautious in government, some have mused about how he was becoming more like Simon Coveney than Simon Coveney himself.

So why did Mr Varadkar decide, with eyes wide open, to land himself in a great big war with the Taoiseach's close political ally Alan Shatter?

The one thing you can be sure about in Irish politics is that when ministers make high-profile interventions in public, involving rattling the cage of Cabinet colleagues, it's all about the power game.

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