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The tale of the two taoisigh

Brendan O'Connor


 

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at the post-Cabinet press briefing in Dublin Castle (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at the post-Cabinet press briefing in Dublin Castle (Julien Behal/PA)

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar at the post-Cabinet press briefing in Dublin Castle (Julien Behal/PA)

It's our fault really. We are enablers in all this. And we aren't helping the situation. We are making it more difficult for them to transition, because we aren't making the transition ourselves.

For clarity, let's just state one clear fact here. Leo Varadkar is not the Taoiseach anymore. I know you know that, and he knows that. But do you really, really know it? While Micheal Martin finally gave the real capital a real Taoiseach again after all these years, there's a slight blockage in everyone's heads that is making people think Leo Varadkar is the real Taoiseach.

It came home to us most clearly at last Wednesday night's press conference. After the almost celebratory nature of the recent Covid press events, where pubs and holidays and all kinds of congregating were on offer, this one was back to the sombre tone. Congregating was a dirty word again. Young people needed to cop on, and there'd be no pubs. But the niggling question in the back of our heads was: "Where's Leo?" We even found ourselves missing Simon Harris. We'd become used to being talked down to by Leo and Simon about the evils of dickying up. But who were these new people, pretending to be our parents?