Who knows, I could have been Taoiseach. Back in 1990, I was beginning college and Austin Currie was running for the presidency. I asked to do an interview with him for the college newspaper and sort of got to know him. I was 17-years-old but had a nerdy interest in politics. After the interview I asked Mr Currie, who was my local Fine Gael TD, if I could go along to a local party meeting in Castleknock, just out of curiosity.

He obliged. I went along. And I never went back. Local lad Leo Varadkar would have been aged 11 at the time. Some years later he would attend his first meeting of the same branch. History shows he obviously felt more at home than I did.