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Fionnán Sheahan


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Finance was a traditional rite of passage for an FF leader. Yet Darragh O’Brien is regarded as the frontrunner. Pictured, the housing minister during the Departmental Budget 2023 Press Conference at Government Buildings, Dublin last week. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Finance was a traditional rite of passage for an FF leader. Yet Darragh O’Brien is regarded as the frontrunner. Pictured, the housing minister during the Departmental Budget 2023 Press Conference at Government Buildings, Dublin last week. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

Finance was a traditional rite of passage for an FF leader. Yet Darragh O’Brien is regarded as the frontrunner. Pictured, the housing minister during the Departmental Budget 2023 Press Conference at Government Buildings, Dublin last week. Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

The Malahide Mannequin is how a politician in north county Dublin refers to the pose frequently struck by the local minister.

Standing at a slight angle, the right hand is in the trouser pocket, the left arm is at a 90-degree angle with the hand resting around the closed button on the jacket, worn over an open-necked shirt. It seems to happen enough at events for native observers to believe it’s a trained stance, aimed at looking casual and active. It’s part of the image.


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