Ivan Yates: ‘Leo’s not the future any more’
Once a minister, then a bookmaker and now a political broadcaster, Ivan Yates is well placed to size up the runners and riders of Election 2020. Here, he reveals why his old party Fine Gael is heading for a wipeout, why Sinn Féin’s surge might not be sustainable – and how the Greens will propel Micheál Martin to power
Ivan Yates strides into the lobby of a hotel in Dublin, sheaves of paper under his arm and a zealous air about him. There’s an election campaign going on and it’s clear his blood is up; he is a junkie, and politics is his drug.
“The sheer backstabbing, jockeying for position, treachery, self-interest – absolutely, it’s all there,” he says gleefully. “But I do think you need to be an addict...
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