Thursday 19 October 2017

Leo's first test: hold together 'new politics' deal he never wanted in the first place

Newly appointed Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke
Newly appointed Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar. Photo: Tom Burke
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Tensions ran high and eventually it was Michael Healy Rae who snapped at Leo Varadkar, suggesting the Fine Gael heavy-hitter was more of a hindrance than a help.

More than a month had passed since last year's inconclusive general election result and not many truly believed in what Enda Kenny was trying to achieve.

His plan for a coalition with Independents, underwritten by Fianna Fáil, seemed far-fetched.

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