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Pressure is on Martin to get coalition deal over the line

As Leo Varadkar wins praise for his response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Fianna Fáil leader cannot afford a delay on government formation

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
14th April, 2020
Micheál Martin, the Fianna Fáil leader, is under more pressure than Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to get a government in place quickly. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

What a difference two months have made for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s reputation internationally.

He made global headlines when he was elected Taoiseach back in June 2017. But less than three years later, Fine Gael‘s Election 2020 third place result was reported with this headline in the New York Times (NYT): “For the Irish, Varadkar May Have Won Brexit, but He Lost the War at Home".

Fast forward a few...

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