Power brokers and pub brawlers

Power brokers and pub brawlers
Leo Varadkar: proving a touch unpredictable as Taoiseach

Matt Cooper looks at some of the people who figured prominently in the past year

Leo Varadkar’s elevation caught attention internationally in a way that didn’t happen at home: the country that introduced same sex marriage only two years earlier was not going to make a fuss about the election of our first gay taoiseach. We were too cool for that. Nor did we want to be seen to be making an issue of the fact that his father was Indian. And so what that he’s relatively young and inexperienced, when he can be compared in looks and vitality to Trudeau in Canada and Macron in France?

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