Elaine Byrne: Fine Gael, in trying to ride two horses at once, stands alienated from its base

Instead of regressing inward to its core base, Fine Gael should be following the smart money and owning biodiversity by rebranding it as a progressive policy

Caroline van der Plas (BBB) looks on during a debate at the Dutch parliament. Picture: Getty

First, it was proposals for €1,000 tax breaks expressed in a newspaper column. Now he is opposed to rewetting. Earlier this month, the Taoiseach said that “the Nature Restoration Law as currently drafted goes far too far”.

Leo Varadkar believes that the proposed legislation will “make it harder to get planning permission for a windfarm, for example, because of the impact on nature”. This is a message that goes down well with the Fine Gael ...