People's Prince plays it cool despite talk of palace coup
'May I pass?" Brian Lenihan good-naturedly asked the posse of reporters, photographers and cameramen lying in wait outside the Shelbourne Hotel. "You're obstructing my right of passage," he half-joked.
But, of course, the media wouldn't budge. They wanted to know what the People's Prince thought of his latest coronation in the polls.
For according to Thursday's TV3 poll, the Finance Minister is the winner by a distance in the race to succeed Brian Cowen as the High King of Fianna Fail. (Not that the race is actually under way, of course, as there is a marked reluctance among the possible runners and riders to kick off the stampede by agreeing to be the stalking-horse).