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Philip Ryan


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Wave goodbye?: Leo Varadkar may be planning swapping Government Buildings for the Berlaymont, according to party rumours. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Wave goodbye?: Leo Varadkar may be planning swapping Government Buildings for the Berlaymont, according to party rumours. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

Wave goodbye?: Leo Varadkar may be planning swapping Government Buildings for the Berlaymont, according to party rumours. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins

There's a theory doing the rounds in Fine Gael that Leo Varadkar may not be intending to lead the party into the next general election. Suspicious minds believe the newly appointed Tánaiste is paving the way for his exit in the latter half of his tenure in the Taoiseach's Office once Micheál Martin hands over the keys.

The theory is that Varadkar will take over as Taoiseach as planned in December 2022 and remain in situ for around two years. The Fine Gael leader would use his EU connections to land a big gig in Brussels or elsewhere.

Phil Hogan will be finishing his second term in the Commission and perhaps Varadkar can strike a deal with Martin or who ever is leading Fianna Fáil and he could head for the Berlaymont Building.