Martina Devlin: Gallagher may have sealed own fate by uttering just one word -- 'envelope'
Published 26/10/2011 | 05:00
BERTIE may not be standing for the Aras, but another man steeped in the Fianna Fail ethos is in the frame -- at least that's the interpretation we can take from Sean Gallagher's behaviour, spotlighted during the last hurrah of the presidential campaign.
Until 'The Frontline' debate, Seanie had been swimming along, enjoying the exercise, without getting his face wet -- no big waves washing over him. But Martin McGuinness sent a tsunami crashing in his direction and all at once Gallagher was up the creek without a paddle.
If one word sums up the moment it all turned soggy for Gallagher, that word is "envelope" -- and he uttered the nuance-drenched word himself. His slip of the tongue may cost him the juiciest prize of his career.