Does Simon Coveney really want to be the leader of Fine Gael?
“He’d make a great priest, wouldn’t he?” Simon had just finished canvassing an elderly woman at her home in Carrigaline. It was October 1998 and the 26-year-old was the odds-on favourite to win the Cork South Central by-election.
Why’s that? I asked. “He’s so tall and shy, there’s something fierce earnest and solemn about him.”...
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