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There are two Irelands: one is safely protected, the other is at breaking point

Gerard O'Regan



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Clear message: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (left) with chief medical officer Tony Holohan after a briefing back in June. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Clear message: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (left) with chief medical officer Tony Holohan after a briefing back in June. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Clear message: Tánaiste Leo Varadkar (left) with chief medical officer Tony Holohan after a briefing back in June. Photo: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Luckily for Leo Varadkar, he clearly doesn't have much in common with Donald Trump. They do share one instinct, though. That is a sometimes irresistible urge to stir the pot. When things are coming to the boil, why not nudge the temperature just a little higher?

The US president is addicted to creating chaos. He is happiest when surrounded by orchestrated mayhem. If things are tranquil and going to plan, he seems to panic. It is then that he succumbs to an old temptation. By word or deed, he will bring about a brand new drama.


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