Comment: Why a spouse in the picture is seen as important for political leaders
Newspaper photographs of the two Fine Gael leadership favourites attending a colleague's wedding in Dublin at the weekend were telling.
Ministers Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney happily posed in separate press photographs at the wedding of former Fine Gael senator Eugene Regan and Janne Storgaard.
Neither of the highly ambitious and media-savvy politicians appeared to have had any qualms about posing for pictures as speculation heightened over a leadership race. The fact it was a private event certainly didn't stop them.