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Fate of the leaders hangs in the balance as parties deliver verdict on coalition

John Downing


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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

'The first tears to dry are the tears of gratitude," the 19th- century American showman PT Barnum is quoted as saying. And Leo Varadkar got a lesson in the verity of that aphorism on election day.

Having managed very well through the Brexit negotiations, he found his achievements largely forgotten by voters who had their eyes on the future.

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Micheál Martin.

Micheál Martin.

Micheál Martin.

Now the opinion polls tell him people are impressed by his own and his interim government's management of the Covid-19 crisis. He was given an incredible 75pc approval rating in one survey last week and his party is 16 points ahead of its very poor 21pc vote share in the election.