Sunday 21 October 2018

CONTEST: The then Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar, at Wood Quay when he officially launched his campaign for the leadership of Fine Gael. Photo: Colin Keegan

And then the gloves came off: how Leo won the leadership race 

A blood-red sunset burned in the distance as Enda Kenny took to his feet in the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting. Varadkar and Coveney could smell the blood from the swirling red and orange skyscape as they sat watching the Taoiseach speak. It was two days since Zappone's intervention and Kenny was there to seek forgiveness. But he wasn't going to get it. ''I know it's a difficult time for everyone here and I accept my responsibility,'' he said, before adding, ''I beg your indulgence.'' Behind the closed-doors meeting, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan tried to rally...