Sunday 19 November 2017

The spirit of Bertie lives on in Paschal

'Kingmaker' Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke
'Kingmaker' Paschal Donohoe. Photo: Tom Burke


Bertie Ahern is gone from the scene in Dublin Central, but his spirit is alive and well in Paschal Donohoe, who occupies the same constituency.

Donohoe has unassumingly emerged as a heavyhitter in Fine Gael and is now even regarded as something of a kingmaker in the party's leadership process, in which he is backing Leo Varadkar.

Regardless of who becomes Taoiseach, he is a dead cert for inclusion in the next Cabinet, most likely as the Finance Minister replacing Michael Noonan, who will depart from the frontranks with Enda Kenny in the coming weeks.

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