Give Taoiseach the chance to realise this shared vision
The leadership race showed both candidates' views were needed to complete the circle, writes Fidelma Healy Eames
At the end of April, I found myself one year out of politics. Rather unexpectedly, I experienced a sense of loss, of regret, of what might have been.
As the leadership race was taking off in Fine Gael, I couldn't get over how much it excited me to hear Leo and Simon put their views forward, to see their energy, to hear the visions they shared. I was really taken by it. I didn't realise how much I had been worn down by the 'same old same old' and suddenly I connected again with why I had joined Fine Gael in the 1990s, why I had let politics consume me.
At different points, Leo and Simon were articulating the vision I believed in for our country. Simon's insistence on the need for a 'Just Society' for the 21st century, to be inclusive of all our citizens. Leo talking about a republic that would deliver opportunity for every citizen in every region, rewarding work.