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Varadkar will have to pack his bags at Farmleigh as world leaders will now call on Martin for Ireland's view

Philip Ryan


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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after announcing that Fine Gael members have voted in favour of the programme for government agreed with Fianna Fail and the Green Party, in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after announcing that Fine Gael members have voted in favour of the programme for government agreed with Fianna Fail and the Green Party, in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar after announcing that Fine Gael members have voted in favour of the programme for government agreed with Fianna Fail and the Green Party, in Dublin. Photo: Damien Eagers/PA Wire

IT'S hard to imagine Micheál Martin and Leo Varadkar retiring to an alcove in the Merrion Hotel to trash out a solution to a difference between their parties over a quiet pint.

For starters, neither are big drinkers but more importantly their relationship has always been very formal and business like.

They are now set to share the Office of the Taoiseach and their political careers are entwined for the next five years.