Monday September 28, 2020

Varadkar’s late pitch on social change is a risky strategy

The Taoiseach is appealing to the Eighth Amendment generation but many are not natural Fine Gael voters – and he may shed more conservative supporters in the process

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
3rd February, 2020
Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael politicians campaigning for a “Yes” vote in the Eighth Amendment referendum. The Taoiseach has highlighted some Fianna Fáil TDs’ opposition to holding the vote

When Leo Varadkar was elected as leader of Fine Gael, the party rejoiced at the prospect of having someone who could embody social change.

He was the son of an Irish nurse and an Indian father and the first gay person to be elected Taoiseach.

Almost a year after his leadership victory, he played a prominent role in the Eighth Amendment referendum, in which two-thirds of voters backed repeal.

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