Saturday 17 November 2018

Leo 'will not rescind' the Trump invite... so what will he do?

Declan Lynch

Declan Lynch

You don't find it creeping up on you. It is just a few weeks until St Patrick's Day, when the Taoiseach will be in the White House, and at some point in the proceedings it will be mentioned that President Trump may wish to accept that invitation extended to him by Enda Kenny last year, to come to Ireland.

Amid all the bonhomie and the brouhaha and the braggadocio, it may be forgotten for a few moments that it is just over a year ago since the then Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said on RTE's Today With Sean O'Rourke that he wouldn't invite Donald Trump to Ireland. His exact words were: "An invite will be the Taoiseach's decision, I wouldn't invite him."

Now he is Taoiseach, and since an invitation was indeed issued by the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny, the position of Mr Varadkar is not that he wouldn't invite Donald Trump to Ireland, but that he would invite him - you see the difference there?

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