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Saving the State Fine Gael from Collins to Varadkar: Enda Kenny comes out on top in history heaving with detail

The factionalism and leadership rivalries within Fine Gael are vividly depicted in this comprehensive study, writes David Davin-Power

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Protégé: Paschal Donohoe and Enda Kenny in 2005. ‘We are all Enda’s political children,’ the Finance Minister tells the authors

Protégé: Paschal Donohoe and Enda Kenny in 2005. ‘We are all Enda’s political children,’ the Finance Minister tells the authors

Protégé: Paschal Donohoe and Enda Kenny in 2005. ‘We are all Enda’s political children,’ the Finance Minister tells the authors

Fine Gael has been, in the words of Olivia O’Leary, “a serial leader-killer party” for much of its recent history. Alan Dukes, Michael Noonan, John Bruton and Enda Kenny were all to varying degrees victims of their colleagues.

This factionalism and rivalry is vividly depicted in this racy and readable history of Fine Gael by Stephen Collins, the former political editor of The Irish Times, and the historian Ciara Meehan.


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