Shane Ross: Leo was never a loudmouth
IS Leo Varadkar a leader-in-waiting or a loudmouth? Last week, members of the Cabinet were spitting blood at the Minister for Transport's gaffe about a second bailout for Ireland.
The gaffe was vintage Varadkar: "It is very unlikely," volunteered the honest young minister, "that we'll be able to go back [to the financial markets] next year. I think it might be a bit longer. 2013 is possible, but who knows?"
Such rare glimpses of reality spread fear about Ireland around the markets of the world.