Saturday 20 January 2018

Stage set for Varadkar's rat pack

The new Taoiseach will want to do things his way, but will need former rival Simon Coveney and supporter Paschal Donohoe in his corner, writes Philip Ryan

FUTURE: Leo Varadkar with Fine Gael members at the Mansion House in Dublin last Friday night after he was announced as the newly elected Fine Gael party leader. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
FUTURE: Leo Varadkar with Fine Gael members at the Mansion House in Dublin last Friday night after he was announced as the newly elected Fine Gael party leader. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

The Dail canteen at 10am in the morning would seem like an unlikely place for the passing of the torch between two of the country's most venerable politicians.

But last Friday, this is exactly where outgoing Fine Gael leader and Taoiseach Enda Kenny met his soon-to-be successor Leo Varadkar. Kenny was having breakfast with his staff and Finance Minister Michael Noonan when Varadkar arrived in the canteen.

Varadkar joined some backbench TDs who were supporting him in the leadership contest for a quick bite to eat as the final minutes of the campaign ticked by.

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