Friday 23 February 2018

Bruton's failure shows prodigious braininess isn't enough in politics

In the end, the leadership battle brought to mind the line about two bald men fighting over a comb, says Eilis O'Hanlon

THERE were times on Thursday when the tension simply became too much. Thankfully, the RTE News website was on hand to provide scrolling updates on the unfolding state of play in the great Fine Gael leadership battle.

"11.20 am: Valerie Cox tells Today With Pat Kenny that people on both sides are very confident of success ... 11.28am: TD Seymour Crawford would not indicate to the media which way he is voting ... 1.22pm: Political reporter Brian Dowling tells RTE Radio's News At One that there is little information coming from the meeting, but he understands that so far 20 people have spoken ..."

Who needs the World Cup when there's top-notch, edge-of-the seat action like this on offer right here on our own doorstep?

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