What’s for 2018 in politics? Events, dear boy . . .

A new SF president, Varadkar meeting Trump, a bruising abortion referendum followed by the Pope’s visit in August - and all to the background noise of Brexit bickering

31st December, 2017
Protesters at the March for Choice in Dublin, calling for the legalising of abortion in Ireland, last September Pic: Getty

Nearly a year ago, Leo Varadkar was sitting in his cramped constituency office in Ongar in west Dublin, being decidedly hesitant when asked if he wanted to be taoiseach.

“As in, now?” he innocently enquired of The Sunday Business Post in response to a question about whether he wanted the top job. “Erm, some time in the future, if that opportunity were to arise and I felt I had the support to do it and...

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