It's not enough to be the example, Leo, you have to lead by example too
Fionnán SheahanLeo Varadkar is a narcissist.
Fionnán SheahanLeo Varadkar is a narcissist.
Fionnán Sheahan Fair play to Cute Auld Phil all the same. That's a third Fine Gael leader who owes him an enormous debt of gratitude for making it to the Taoiseach's office by fending off internal challenges.
Fionnán Sheahan In his speeches to the Fine Gael faithful, Leo Varadkar likes to emphasise how he'll be a leader for every part of the country "from Castleknock to Clondalkin and from Dungarvan to Doohoma".
Fionnan Sheahan 'That fellah is so fond of himself, he'd lick himself if he could." Before Eoghan Murphy was even a TD, a Fine Gael veteran had caustically assessed the future minister for Dublin 4.
Fionnan Sheahan Doheny and Nesbitt, that well-known watering hole just around the corner from Leinster House and Government Buildings, was the scene for a latter-day celebration, akin to the Captain's table on...
Fionnán Sheahan Enda Kenny knows exactly how he is going to stand down. He has it all planned out down to the final detail.
Fionnán Sheahan After Enda Kenny's show-stopping performance, there was an insightful moment towards the end of the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last night.
Fionnán Sheahan Tears rolling down his face and being consoled by a colleague, Leo Varadkar stood in the lobby of Leinster House.
Fionnán Sheahan The Fianna Fáil barstool boys gave Noel Rock a right going over.
Fionnán Sheahan 'For the first 50 years after independence the wounds were not fully healed. Our role in their making proving perhaps too sciatic a spot for probing.
Fionnán Sheahan 'If liberals are so f***ing smart, how come they lose so Goddamn always." - Will McAvoy in 'The Newsroom'
Fionnan Sheahan Anybody who has ever been in France on the 14th of July will be aware it's more than a national celebration.
Fionnán Sheahan It's a lose-lose situation. Enda Kenny was putting the Fine Gael succession stakes on the long finger. Assuaging the concerns of his would-be successors, the Taoiseach spoke last year about his...
Fionnan Sheahan One of the advantages of Enda Kenny's attendance at EU leaders' summits was the ability to be free to sit in on the press conferences of EU heavyhitters.
Fionnán Sheahan In a shock development, the talks between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil were finally going so well only to collapse nearing the final hurdle.
Fionnán Sheahan Enda Kenny reaches pension age on April 24. It's also the 100th anniversary to the day of the start of the Rising on Easter Monday 1916. If he had not become a TD 40 years ago, he'd be retiring...
Fionnan Sheahan A democracy is always and must always be a work in progress...
Fionnán Sheahan Denis Naughten was a natural born political wheeler-dealer. He learned the tricks of the trade at branch meetings and selection conventions.
Fionnán Sheahan Within Fine Gael, there's an apocryphal tale doing the rounds about David Cameron's advice to Enda Kenny following his British general election victory, against all expectations, last year.
Fionnán Sheahan Fianna Fáil is on the motorway back. Five years on from the darkest day in its history, Micheál Martin's party has produced a stunning recovery with almost 23pc of the vote.
Fionnán Sheahan The Shinnerbots is the nickname for the throngs of Sinn Féin supporters who seem to have little else to do but spend their days on social media criticising anybody who questions the party.
Fionnan Sheahan A snapshot of all life in Ireland, the Ploughing Championship is also the ultimate political melting pot.
Fionnan Sheahan Towards the back of the 'HSE's Budgeting and Service Planning 2016 Estimates Submission', there's a figure of €29.788m for "System Reform".
Fionnan Sheahan Ignoring the not inconsequential matter of a democratic mandate, Gerry Adams likes to criticise his party's political opponents for condemning the IRA of the Troubles era while commemorating...
Fionnan Sheahan LEO Varadkar has opinions and he's not afraid to express them, regardless of whether he'll be thanked for it.
Fionnan Sheahan Leinster House was practically under siege yesterday. Historians will note what is now commonly regarded as the front of the building, was actually originally the back.
Leinster House was practically under siege yesterday. Historians will note what is now commonly regarded as the front of the building, was actually originally the back.
Fionnan Sheahan The prospect of an Independent TD in every constituency after the next general election is real.
Fionnan Sheahan The terms of reference for the Moriarty Tribunal, passed by the Dail and Seanad in September 1997, are unequivocal around the issue of the Ansbacher accounts.
Fionnan Sheahan Simon Coveney's claim the Army was being lined up to take to the streets to defend banks in a financial collapse was greeted with puzzlement yesterday.
Fionnan Sheahan Frances Fitzgerald was caught in a Catch 22 scenario.
Fionnan Sheahan Names on the list will shock the public.
Fionnan Sheahan The late Seamus Brennan would fondly recall the incident which came closest to collapsing the Fianna Fail-PD government in power from 1997 to 2002.
Fionnan Sheahan It was just another speaking engagement.
Fionnan Sheahan You'd think for $500 you'd get a better quality speech. When the address is delivered by a rewriter of history though, you'd hardly expect him to stick to facts.
Fionnan Sheahan Remember the butter voucher? Funded by the Department of Agriculture, butter vouchers were part of the social welfare system until as late as 1999.
Fionnan Sheahan No wonder Gerry Adams disappeared from public sight over the past five days as the Mairia Cahill case swirled around his leadership.
Fionnan Sheahan The "if" is dropping out of Gerry Adams lexicon when speaking about the treatment by the IRA of Mairia Cahill's sex abuse allegations.
Fionnan Sheahan After winning the Budget battle over the income tax rate cut, Taoiseach Enda Kenny pressed home the advantage yesterday by confirming there will be further rate reductions in the coming...
Fionnan Sheahan Tanaiste Joan Burton was a great fan of the fictitious examples from the back of the Budget book when she was the Labour Party finance spokesperson critiquing the tax changes.
Fionnan Sheahan Whisper it softly. Make sure no one can hear. Fianna Fail wouldn't give any income tax cuts in this Budget. Shhhhh . . . They don't want anyone to know the party has taken a position on...
Fionnan Sheahan What a way to dispel suggestions of being "another cosseted quango with a bonus culture" - get into a ridiculous dispute about the interpretation of the terms bonus and performance- related pay.
Fionnan Sheahan 'Step into the side there, please." The gardai and stewards trying to clear a path through the throng at the Ploughing Championship for a fleet of four jeeps had a tough task.
Fionnan Sheahan Bernard Durkan wouldn't be noted for his brevity, shall we say.
Fionnan Sheahan The destination is clear. How to get there isn't quite apparent just yet.
Fionnan Sheahan The impact took a while to be understood by everyone.
Won't it be a great boost to the status of the Seanad to have a referendum initiated there. The proposal will emerge from an all-party committee made up of members of the Upper House, the Senate chamber will host hearings to listen to the views of...
Fionnan Sheahan ALBERT Reynolds's encounters with tribunals of inquiry and the courts were highly contentious aspects of his career.
Fionnan Sheahan Decades after World War II ended, legislation brought in specifically to provide special powers to the State in time of war was still on the statute books, albeit in amended form.
Fionnan Sheahan In his 11 years as Fine Gael leader, he was never invited to deliver the oration at Beal na mBlath, the annual pilgrimage of Fine Gaelers and history buffs alike to commemorate the death of Michael Collins. The omission didn't appear to have anything to do with John Bruton's availability. During his time as leader in the 1990s, Bruton used...
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