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

Elaine Byrne: Earnest Simon’s simply playing the long game
Are both Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar in contention to take over from Enda Kenny? Pic: RollingNews.ie

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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