Analysis

Varadkar’s Dáil attack hints at frustration over SF’s polling surge, but is unlikely to sway voters

Verbal attacks in the Dáil may act as a deterrent to the opposition but they are of questionable use

There is already a very poor relationship between Varadkar and Doherty. Last year, Varadkar accused Doherty of ‘workplace bullying’ in the Dáil while Doherty told him that he needed to ‘get real’ about the housing crisis

Regular jibes from Sinn Féin about the garda investigation into his leaking of a draft GP agreement to a friend have been a source of much frustration for Leo Varadkar.

The Tánaiste has also been annoyed by calls from Sinn Féin for him to step aside while the garda investigation was ongoing.

That investigation is now completed and a garda file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Varadkar has repeatedly insisted ...