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Handily placed: Leo Varadkar arrives for a European Union summit in Brussels. 
Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Handily placed: Leo Varadkar arrives for a European Union summit in Brussels. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Handily placed: Leo Varadkar arrives for a European Union summit in Brussels. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

Suddenly Leo Varadkar is somewhere else. After an intense 10 days of election hustings, and eight days of fending off questions about an ill-starred legal action by his backbench TD Maria Bailey, the Taoiseach was in Brussels discussing the mass changing of the EU guard.

At the same time, the make up of Ireland's new MEPs, 11 of whom begin work on July 2, was finally taking shape after three days of vote counting. This European Parliament has grown in power over the past 30 years.


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