Inside the government spin machine

In this special investigation, we look at the influence of the key special advisers who are working behind the scenes for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

10th September, 2017
What is behind the spin of the budget?

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s communication skills have been a big factor in his rapid rise to the top. Even during his first months in office, there have been photocalls at home and abroad with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, a colourful holiday encounter with an Irish waitress who did not recognise him in a Chicago restaurant, and a rapid visit to sympathise with the victims of flooding in Donegal.

Varadkar and his advisers were...

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