Saturday 21 April 2018

Philip Ryan: Hospital crisis will make or break young pretender Simon Harris' leadership hopes

Simon Harris has impressed Fine Gael colleagues at a young age, but now faces the biggest test of his political career. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Simon Harris has impressed Fine Gael colleagues at a young age, but now faces the biggest test of his political career. Photo: Colin O’Riordan
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

It was all going swimmingly for the Health Minister. Aged just 24, Simon Harris was the youngest TD elected to the Dáil in 2011 along with two other Fine Gael TDs in the Wicklow constituency.

Then he was chosen to propose Enda Kenny as Taoiseach after Fine Gael thrashed out a deal with the Labour Party to form a coalition government.

Young Harris kept his head down, worked hard and impressed Fine Gael top brass with his strong Dáil and media performances.

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