Sunday 23 July 2017

Leo V Simon is a personality contest we should tune into

The next Fine Gael leader could well end up as the Taoiseach so this will be an important political race, writes Eoin O'Malley

Ministers Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath
Ministers Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar. Photo: Frank McGrath

Eoin O'Malley

Apparently no one really cares who the next leader of Fine Gael will be. Apparently it doesn't really matter who gets the job.

It's not clear, because the commentators such as Vincent Browne never said so, whether the Fine Gael contest doesn't matter because the contestants are ideologically indistinguishable, or that the focus on personality is in some way superficial and has no impact on government, or maybe it doesn't matter because who we choose as Taoiseach doesn't really matter.

Whatever they mean, they are wrong.

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