Tuesday 24 January 2017

No surprise, Frances

Published 27/09/2015 | 02:30

'She [Frances Fitzgerald] displayed the gravitas and exuded the presence of a future party leader, indeed Taoiseach'
'She [Frances Fitzgerald] displayed the gravitas and exuded the presence of a future party leader, indeed Taoiseach'

Sir - I wasn’t surprised by your 'I want to lead' page one lead story (Sunday Independent, September 20), in which Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Justice and Equality, signalled her ambition to succeed Enda Kenny and, in time, become our first woman Taoiseach.

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Just over a month ago I attended the annual Michael Collins commemoration, at which Ms Fitzgerald delivered the oration, in the presence of Simon Coveney, another likely aspirant. She displayed the gravitas and exuded the presence of a future party leader, indeed Taoiseach. But the second half of her speech contained no fewer than seven references to Fine Gael, its economic record and what the party is and should be about.

Her concluding reference to the party was: “Fine Gael must always aim at what Collins wanted for Ireland, and I quote ‘The building up of a sound economic life in which great discrepancies cannot occur’.” No one appears to have spotted that these were the actions of a lady on a mission. But would Collins have approved of her failure to make any mention of Northern Ireland?

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