Back Room: Varadkar is well placed to overcome the Angola hoodoo

Varadkar was on media duty last week while many of his colleagues enjoyed their holidays.

10th August, 2014

It is generally accepted that the Taoiseach had earmarked Richard Bruton to take over at the Department of Health when he was planning his reshuffle last month. Enda Kenny’s view was that Bruton’s competent, cautious and understated manner would keep things under control in health after the Reilly roller-coaster ride.

Unfortunately, Bruton, who is much more of a political street fighter than his affable demeanour suggests, had no desire at all...

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