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Leo must have booby-trapped the office on the way out

Brendan O'Connor


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PARTING GIFT: Leo ambled off, laughing and joking. Photo: Gerry Mooney

PARTING GIFT: Leo ambled off, laughing and joking. Photo: Gerry Mooney

PARTING GIFT: Leo ambled off, laughing and joking. Photo: Gerry Mooney

You wouldn't blame Micheal Martin for feeling the previous incumbent had basically booby-trapped the Taoiseach's office before he handed it over to him.

Leo's carefully laid traps included "Saving the summer". Just as he headed off insouciantly on his gap year, Leo smilingly reopened the country, not once, but twice. He got both a Friday out of it and then the following Thursday, when, in his final public act as Taoiseach, he set us free.

He even told us all we would be going on foreign holidays on July 7. The summer saved, his job done, a tousle-haired Taoiseach ambled off, laughing and joking and probably quoting teen movies.