A political commentator says it’s unlikely that people who have already publicly declared their support for Minster Leo Varadkar as the new leader of Fine Gael will change their mind.
Johnn Fallon says that to do so would destroy those people’s reputations as decisive and able leaders among their constituents.
65% of the votes for leader are by TDs, senators and MEPs.
However, the Coveney camp is hoping for more support among councillors and grass roots party members.
But these account for only 35% of the vote, meaning Coveney is now facing the virtually impossible.
Speaking to Ocean FM’s North West Today programme, Mr Fallon says the reality is that Varadkar was more prepared.