Tuesday 19 June 2018

Wanted: A Taoiseach who earns our respect rather than yearns for our love

There's more to running the country than competing in a triathlon or setting up a vainglorious communications unit, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar poses with Eoghan Murphy before the Dublin City Triathlon 2017 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo Gareth Chaney.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar poses with Eoghan Murphy before the Dublin City Triathlon 2017 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photo Gareth Chaney.

Eilis O'Hanlon

Leo Varadkar spent 25 minutes on the phone to the Egyptian President last week, discussing the case of Ibrahim Halawa, the young man who's now spent four years in prison after being arrested at a protest in Cairo in support of the Muslim Brotherhood leader.

What the Taoiseach did with the other 10,055 minutes in the week is anybody's guess.

He did take part in the Dublin City Triathlon last Sunday, before making his way to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi final.

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