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‘Behold Leo, the landlords’ hero, the tenants’ hero, the hero of the squeezed middle, the dispenser of increased welfare payments’

Shane Ross


A pre-budget Leo can’t help it: he’s just hardwired to please us all

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Leo Varadkar at a business expansion event last week

Leo Varadkar at a business expansion event last week

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach was on the Blasket Islands...

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach was on the Blasket Islands...

Leo Looking smug

Leo Looking smug

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Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Photos

Are you ready for the Fine Gael budget? You have to hand it to Leo. Last Wednesday, fresh from his holiday, the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise saturated Ireland’s airwaves, sharing glad tidings about what would be in Budget 2023.

There was the usual shortage of solid news in August. Fianna Fáil ministers were on holiday. Enter Leo — never yet a minister for finance, but Taoiseach-in-waiting all the same. Leo filled the vacuum.


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