Tuesday 24 October 2017

Gombeenism and opportunism has won the day in Fine Gael

Those who led the push for a change of leader did so because they believed it was the best thing for the party, writes Jody Corcoran

On Wednesday night, as the body politic convulsed, I stepped outside of the bubble, as is sometimes necessary, for sanity's sake, and went to dinner with friends. A text message came through at one stage, the latest head count prediction, inaccurate as it happened, which allowed the conversation turn to what was going on in Fine Gael.

A businessman at an adjoining table politely involved himself, offering an opinion that he cared little, or nothing, for Enda Kenny or Richard Bruton, nor for Brian Cowen or Eamon Gilmore either. He wanted something new, he said, but could not find it anywhere -- a different political movement for a new reality, as he called it.

Sounding more smug than I had intended, I made a point that, as things stood, the outcome of events in Fine Gael last week was probably more important than he would care to admit. It would, I suggested, dictate who might next be Taoiseach -- Enda Kenny or Richard Bruton; or if Eamon Gilmore's trajectory did not flounder, the Labour Party leader might find himself in charge, not to mention all that was happening to Fianna Fail.

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