Caught between a rock and a herd place

Caught between a rock and a herd place
Elaine Byrne

The Irish agriculture sector may be booming, but it’s signally failing to keep its promises on climate change.

Simon Coveney expressed an unusual desire before the long-awaited government reshuffle last year. “I don’t want to change department,” he said.

The narrative that Leo Varadkar was “promoted” to Health implied somehow that Coveney was demoted because he voluntarily limited his political ambitions to staying at the Department of Agriculture. In other words, Coveney had scored an own goal in the internal Fine Gael leadership battle stakes. That’s a narrative employed by those who...

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