Tuesday 20 November 2018

Bruton happy to play second fiddle to Kenny -- for now

Was Richard Bruton declaring "No more Mr Nice Guy" by making a sha-meless bid for the Fine Gael leadership yesterday? Had Michael McDowell spotted that ruthless ambition two years ago when he described the Fine Gael deputy leader as a Dr Goebbels-style Nazi propagandist?

After an initial outing in the tabloids, the lowdown on Mr Bruton's apparently unquenchable desire for power spread like swine flu and it crossed the species barrier just before noon when bookmakers Paddy Power issued a statement.

It began: "Paddy Power have today further cut the odds on Richard Bruton replacing Enda Kenny as the leader of Fine Gael. The FG spokesperson on finance had been the bookies' even-money favourite but following sustained betting in support of the northside Dubliner, including one four-figure bet, this has resulted in the odds being cut further to 4/6."

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