So, I was talking to a person, who shall remain nameless, and they would be and old soldier and "very well got" with the present leadership etc etc.
We were shooting the breeze and discussing the present state of play in the party, the eventual succession etc and here are a few things that stood out. Now it's just one persons view but itís interesting, nonetheless.
The heave is in the past and its instigators have left it behind them too. All is forgiven. The only ones who now actively dislike Enda, and would love to do something about it, are some of the old FG names/families still in the Oireachtas who still have some sense of entitlement, even though intellectually and every other way they are not destined for preferment. Work that one out for yourselves.
Reilly is for the high jump in the re-shuffle. Straight to the back benches. Just not up to it as Minister. Darth Vardakar for Minister for Health after, more than likely. It is felt that he is a very good communicator and capable. On top of his brief.
Big Phil would happily go to Europe to take over from MGQ. Might well happen.
The abortion issue. It's a done deal. It's debatable whether Lucinda might vote against the party but the thinking seems to be she won't want to loose the best junior position about, particularly presently. Interestingly, I am told she has very few friends within the parliamentary party and nobody would shed anything but crockadile tears if she was to go. As for Eoin Murphy's plea for a free vote, it's nothing but understandable attention seeking. It's hard being a backbencher with nothing to say, where your constituency colleague can't shut their mouth.
Enda feels he did the right thing by the Maggies, whatever the cost in monetary terms and was a very happy man after his speech. Bit of pep in his step since.
Brian Hayes is quietly impressive and one to watch for the future.
The Roscommon hospital thing was poison. Itís very personal. Denis Naughton and the Taoiseach have not been on speaking terms since, more or less. Frank Feghan feels his seat is VERY dodgy. He "voted against the county", as his constituents have told him. Notwithstanding that the hospital is now treating more patients than it ever did. He "voted against the county". Pathetic stuff, but there you have it.
Ill add more as it comes back to me.
Oh, and anyone thinking that Enda might be minded to retire any time soon, or even in the medium terms, might want to think again.