Darragh O’Brien wants to take Micheal Martin’s place as Fianna Fail leader when Taoiseach finishes
Mr O’Brien is the first senior Fianna Fáil politician to throw down the gauntlet to Micheál Martin so publicly
Darragh O’Brien has declared he wants to take Micheál Martin’s place as leader of Fianna Fáil when the Taoiseach is finished.
The self-professed “Republican cricketer” and Machiavellian drama, Succession, fan, Mr O’Brien, revealed his ambitions to the Irish Mirror in an extensive Christmas interview.
He said that he sees similarities in some of his Fianna Fáil colleagues and the rabidly ambitious characters in Succession.
Mr O’Brien is the first senior Fianna Fáil politician to throw down the gauntlet to Micheál Martin so publicly.
Mr O’Brien told the Irish Mirror that “of course” he would like to become the leader of the party that he has risen so high in already.
The Minister for Housing is a leading contender to take over from Mr Martin and is as low as 14/1 in the betting.
He said: “I’ve been in this place before where people have written the party off.
“Let’s not be complacent about it, but let’s get on with the work that we have to do.
“We have a really good leader in place, let me be very clear on that, our Taoiseach is doing a very good job.
“He won’t be there forever, but he’ll be there for a number of years now and I’m confident that he’ll lead us into the next general election.
“Would I ever like to be leader of the party in the future?
“When a vacancy arises, of course I would, that would be an ambition that I have.”
Mr O’Brien is from Malahide in North Dublin, what he calls the home of Irish cricket.
He talked to the Mirror about his passion for the game.
“I was alright at cricket.
“My friends will say I’m not as good as I say I was.
“Actually Cathal Brugha (Fianna Fáil founder member) played cricket as well by the way.
“I think sometimes people think, Jesus, a Fianna Fáil cricketer, what’s wrong with this guy?
“Cricket’s big in North Dublin….. But I love cricket.
He added: “So I’m a Republican cricketer.
“ And Carson (Edward, a famous Unionist) played hurling, so don’t let the sport define who the person is.”
In his spare time, Mr O’Brien also likes to unwind and spend some time watching the hit US drama Succession.https://get-latest.convrse.media/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.irishmirror.ie%2Fnews%2Firish-news%2Fdarragh-obrien-wants-take-micheal-23236036&cre=bottom&cip=26&view=web
The series centres around the obsessively ambitious children of a media mogul who has told his children of his intentions to retire soon.
Mr O’Brien said: “Succession, love it, insanely good.