Pat Rabbitte: Leo will have to prove his mettle - pronto

Pat Rabbitte: Leo will have to prove his mettle - pronto

In his reshuffle, the new Taoiseach has brought back old faces who failed to get things done. Instead of being cautious, Varadkar needs to exercise leadership

In alluding to the governments of Seán Lemass and John Bruton – two cases where horses were also changed mid-stream – the new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, was seeking to associate his government with two of the country’s more successful administrations.

The regret is that Lemass had to wait until 1959 for his chance and that Bruton failed to win a second term in 1997. It can fairly be speculated that if the young Varadkar had...

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