Wednesday 15 August 2018

It's that time of the year again - all aboard the poppy-go-round!

Stand up for your beliefs: Leo Varadkar wearing a shamrock poppy in the Dáil this week
Stand up for your beliefs: Leo Varadkar wearing a shamrock poppy in the Dáil this week
Shamrock poppy
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

It has been rather interesting, even amusing, to observe the hysterical reactions from the usual circles to the sight of Leo Varadkar wearing the 'shamrock poppy' in the Dáil earlier this week.

Varadkar is one of the new breed of politicians who like to boast about being more in tune with younger elements of the electorate than his fusty colleagues, and we all know that he's extremely careful about how he presents himself to the country.

So, he must have known that the sight of him wearing the controversial symbol was going to cause consternation and in this current febrile climate, where everyone seems to have their emotional antennae dialled to 11 as they seek out reasons to be offended, it was a gutsy move.

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