Mary Regan: Varadkar bounce puts FF on the defensive

With Varadkar a presumptive taoiseach, many in Fianna Fáil now regret not forcing an election two months ago

4th June, 2017

‘It would be about as risky as Theresa May calling her snap election.” This was the assessment of one Leo Varadkar supporter at the very start of the Fine Gael leadership contest, when I asked if their suggestion that he should go to the people soon after becoming taoiseach might be too much of a gamble.

Since day one of Varadkar’s campaign, when he blitzed his opponent with a series of quick-fire endorsements...

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