Susan O’Keeffe: Varadkar’s first crack at the housing crisis failed - now he’s got a second chance

The Fine Gael leader is about to retake the role as Taoiseach. The key issues of housebuilding and climate change will shape his legacy

Leo Varadkar at the 2022 Fine Gael Ard Fheis. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

Leo Varadkar is counting down the hours until he takes over the reins once again as Taoiseach. For him, it must feel a lifetime ago since he last had a job.

When he first visited the Áras for his Taoiseach’s seal of office in 2017, his demeanour was one of the youthful imposter; he had served a mere 10 years as a TD. He was wet behind the ears when it came to the political ...