Varadkar facing the realities of politics at the top

With a muted reaction to a rather conservative cabinet reshuffle and the political own goal of the Court of Appeal appointment, the new Taoiseach will find it difficult to focus on hitting the ground running

18th June, 2017
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at Government Buildings in Dublin.

Leo Varadkar has pointed to the example of former Fianna Fáil leader Sean Lemass as someone who was a “modernising and reforming taoiseach” after a mid-term takeover.

But after watching his conservative cabinet reshuffle, several Fianna Fáil TDs said later that it reminded them of an error made by another mid-term taoiseach – Brian Cowen.

Instead of clearing out his cabinet, he was largely loyal to the ministers already...

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