Stark warning for Leo in absence of 'honeymoon'
Here's a message for new Taoiseach Leo Varadkar: you need more than a pair of novelty socks to win the nation's confidence and regard. Today, just four days short of a calendar month since he was elected to the highest office in the land, Mr Varadkar is delivered a stark message.
An opinion poll shows that he has not been accorded the "political honeymoon" often given to a new national leader. In fact, the Red C survey shows that Fine Gael is down two points to 27pc and there certainly is no "Leo bounce".
It is another reminder that his chosen trade is among the most brutal of all. But more significantly, it tells our youngest-ever Taoiseach he and his Government must be seen to be addressing the issues that most worry people right now. After a brutal decade of recession and austerity, people are far from reassured that the current return to economic stability is durable. People are also concerned many of the real social problems, notably the housing and homelessness crisis, are not being effectively addressed.