Thursday 23 November 2017

Varadkar's attack on FitzGerald's epic career off target

The former Taoiseach deserves to be ranked alongside de Valera and Lemass as a leader of rare distinction and insight despite some important failures, writes John-Paul Mc Carthy

Democratic politics is a notoriously ungrateful arena, and when thrusting young Turks turn their guns on their tribal deities, it's best not to react like a virgin who has just been confronted by a man in a filthy trench coat.

Leo Varadkar showed impressive stamina in soaping the stairs for the departing George Lee, but his attack last week on Garret FitzGerald left a somewhat sour taste.

Varadkar is patently the star of the current Fine Gael front bench, and one can only applaud his willingness to scandalise his party elders.

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