Wednesday 21 November 2018

Would Coveney be a steadier pair of hands than Varadkar right now?

The balance of power between the Taoiseach and his Minister for Foreign Affairs has shifted, and it is the new Tanaiste who now has the edge

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) shakes hands with the newly appointed Tanaiste Simon Coveney at the Aras in Dublin Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) shakes hands with the newly appointed Tanaiste Simon Coveney at the Aras in Dublin Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Eilis O'Hanlon

Fine Gael TDs and senators must be wondering if they made the right choice back in May during the party's leadership election, or whether party members, who backed Simon Coveney by some margin, had more of a finger on the pulse than they did, for all their overpaid advisers, spin doctors, and other assorted hangers-on.

It's not called the wisdom of crowds for nothing.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs feels like the dominating figure in Government right now, rather than Leo Varadkar, making 'Taoiseach appoints Simon Coveney as Tanaiste' the least surprising headline of the year. The Corkman's replacement of Frances Fitzgerald as second in command says it all.

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