Will Varadkar keep his promises?

Michael Brennan looks at the policy record of the man who is a forward thinker to some and a Thatcherite to others

4th June, 2017
Bew Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar arrives at the Mansion House in Dublin on Firday PIc: Fearghal Phillips

Leo Varadkar has been developing policies since the days when he was a student in Young Fine Gael. Some – such as getting prisoners to pay for prison accommodation – attracted attention, but did not make it into his recent policy document for the Fine Gael leadership race.

His supporters say he has a penchant for evidence-based policy – assessing all the arguments in favour and against, and then coming out with a decision. He...

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