TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is being tipped as a frontrunner to take over as EU chief when the powerful position comes up next year.
He is being linked with two top positions in the European Union in an analysis of the contenders by an influential Brussels-based opinion-shaper.
The Taoiseach is viewed as a frontrunner for the powerful post of European Council president, as he is seen as "capable but not a big name with an ego".
The European Council president chairs the meetings of EU leaders where all the major decisions are made.
The post is up for grabs in December 2014.