Sunday March 29, 2020

It was a very good year . . .

For some of our politicians, 2014 went like a dream. For many others, it was a brutal and attritional 12 months to forget. Here’s our round-up of who cashed in, and who crashed to earth

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

30th December, 2014
Frances Fitzgerald was promoted to the justice brief

Leo Varadkar was given the poisoned chalice of the Department of Health, but has so far managed to avoid drinking from it. Within weeks of his arrival in Hawkins House, he had put James Reilly’s pet project of Universal Health Care firmly on the back burner and managed to downplay expectations about what he would achieve.

He got a reprimand from Taoiseach Enda Kenny for predicting the scale of the tax cuts in...

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