1. Head in clouds 2. Nose the game is up 3. Cheek (plenty of) 4. Brass neck 5. Ears open to overtures from Fine Gael 6. Watching back for leadership challenges 7. Keeping an eye on Brendan Howlin, Alan Kelly etc 8. Two fingers to media critics

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