Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game

Those predicting that Leo Varadkar has the FG leadership sewn up are wide of the mark

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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