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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.

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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.

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