Early momentum with Varadkar in Fine Gael race

But with two weeks to run, Camp Coveney is not panicking yet, says Hugh O'Connell

19th May, 2017
FG TDs and Junior Minister Joe McHugh come out for Varadkar. Pic: RollingNews.ie

Simon Coveney sought to steal a march on Leo Varadkar by handing his nomination papers into Fine Gael headquarters yesterday morning. Flanked by just over a dozen of his supporters, it seemed to be an impressive showing. Coveney said that 20 parliamentary party members were backing him, but his campaign later refused to disclose their identities, releasing only the eight names of the people who signed his nomination papers. “We’re leaving everyone else to come...

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