A Blueshirt? No, it's all about the blue ties for our Brian
FINE Gael's Brian Hayes took a breather from the Euro-trail yesterday to drop into Louis Copeland's shop on Capel Street to check out the iconic tailor's expanding online business.
Louis is backing Brian for a big job in Europe, and Brian first encountered the businessman three years ago while waiting for a flight from Dublin airport at the uncivilised hour of 9am on a Sunday, and spotted Louis busily organising his new shop in the terminal.
"He told me that he worked seven days a week, and a few days later, I wrote a piece in the 'Sunday Independent' and used him as an example of the sort of spirit the country needed, taking a chance to open a new business in the middle of the recession," explained Brian.
And on the subject of style, the Dublin South-West TD took a dim view to the sarky snipe taken by Ming Flanagan at the ever-impeccable Labour Euro candidate, Lorraine Higgins, when he sneered on air that she wanted to go to Europe "to look good rather than do good". Brian was unimpressed. "You need to look good and put your best foot forward when you're representing your country – especially for the fellas – Irish politicians aren't brilliant at sartorial elegance."
And he even admitted to having a lucky tie.
"It's blue, of course," he confessed.
Quelle surprise ...