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Hugh O'Connell


Some of his critics in Fine Gael say Micheál Martin has the appearance of a substitute teacher filling in before the actual one returns, says Hugh O'Connell

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. Photo: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. Photo: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

HE’S BEHIND YOU: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has found himself repeatedly overshadowed and even undermined by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE / Collins Photos

HE’S BEHIND YOU: Taoiseach Micheál Martin has found himself repeatedly overshadowed and even undermined by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar. Photo: Aidan Crawley/EPA-EFE / Collins Photos

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar. Photo: Stephen Collins /Collins Photos Dublin

Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and John Halligan were having their picture taken on the Leinster House plinth last Wednesday afternoon when one mischievous Fianna Fáil TD shouted across from the car park: "Come back! All is forgiven!"

The three former Independent Alliance ministers had been for lunch and a catch-up across the road in Buswells Hotel. Mr Ross is putting the finishing touches to a book about his time in government that is likely to contain revelations that may make uncomfortable reading for Leo Varadkar and other Fine Gael ministers when it is published in October.


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