Monday September 28, 2020

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

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer

@whytebarry
2nd February, 2020
Ivan Yates: ‘The most important thing you need to know is that there are there are 39 completely separate battles that will form the next Dáil. You’ve got to look at the ground war.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

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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