Monday 16 July 2018

Battle lines are drawn in phoney election war

Top teams weigh up options for autumn poll as Varadkar faces choices over timing and tactics, writes Philip Ryan

A summer of photo opportunities lies ahead. Photo:
A summer of photo opportunities lies ahead. Photo:
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

On Thursday evening, an interesting meeting took place in the Zuni Restaurant and Townhouse in Kilkenny. Sitting around a table in the award-winning restaurant were Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy, Junior Minister for Local Government John Paul Phelan and Junior Finance Minister Michael D'Arcy.

The significance of the meeting is that all three were part of the core team that campaigned to ensure Leo Varadkar replaced Enda Kenny as Fine Gael leader.

Murphy was campaign manager while Phelan and D'Arcy were part of the close-knit team that worked the parliamentary party for votes.

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