Vinyl Varadkar’s happy knack of hitting right note

Fine Gael’s latest increase in popularity has left the opposition parties in a state of disbelief - but perhaps they shouldn’t be surprised at all

28th January, 2018
Leo Varadkar: appeals to both older and younger, trendier voters Picture: Rollingnews

Fianna Fáil had hoped they would get Volcanic Varadkar – a leader prone to damaging eruptions. But instead, it has been Vinyl Varadkar – someone whose sound is appealing to the older generation and also to younger, trendier voters.

Under his leadership, Fine Gael has got its highest level of support, at 32 per cent, in the past two years. Every other party, as well as the Independents, is either unchanged or has...

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