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Leo Varadkar's speech shows the centre is holding firm

Eoghan Harris


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Historic: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

Historic: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

Cartoon by Jim Cogan

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Historic: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar delivers his address to the nation concerning the coronavirus crisis. Photo: Mark Condren

Covid-19 has closed down normal politics as we know it, leaving slim pickings for political columnists.

That is why I was glad of Leo Varadkar's speech, which gave me something substantial to ponder.

Being a sometime-speechwriter myself, I am better placed than most to evaluate his speech. As Cassius Clay said: "It's not boasting if you can back it up." And I can.