DANIEL MCCONNELL: One way or another, Micheál Martin has lost Billy Kelleher

Sidelined in the Dáil and itching for a change, Kelleher sees Brussels as a way out from his prison, writes Daniel McConnell.

Billy Kelleher, Fianna Fáil spokesperson on jobs, enterprise and innovation, at Leinster House, Dublin. Picture: Dan Linehan

FIVE years ago, Fine Gael junior finance minister Brian Hayes revealed that he was seeking to leave the Dáil and was going to run for Europe in May 2014.

Hayes was a substantial politician, well-liked and had even been spoken about as a possible future leader. His announcement caught many by surprise.

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