Leo Varadkar’s junior minister lineup‘A disappointing day for women.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It’s been a curious few days for new Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar. Twitter has been doing what Twitter does best, yesterday flooded with comments reacting to his “Love Actually” comments from Downing Street. But simultaneously, and overnight, a second flood, this time with criticism of the fact that he has now appointed fewer women than Enda Kenny to junior ministry roles. …

Olivia O’Leary Column ‘What he brought to the job more than any other Taoiseach was optimism.’

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In her column for Drivetime this week, Olivia O’Leary looked back on the leadership of Enda Kenny and what she will – and will not – miss about Fine Gael’s longest serving leader. “What he brought to the job more than any other Taoiseach was optimism. That was vital at a time when Ireland was in its post-bust doldrums, and …

Niamh Lyons on Sinn Fein‘A complete dereliction of duty… strengthening Theresa May’s hand, due to their abstentionist policy.’

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It was another famous Conservative MP, Enoch Powell, who came up with the dictum that all political careers end in failure. This morning, in the wake of the seismic result of the UK general election, some of the most trusted political clichés are being dusted off, including those words of Enoch Powell. But as Theresa May looks to form a …

Olivia O'Leary‘He belongs to a generation for whom loyalty to a brand has little meaning. Loyalty is a collective notion. And this generation are individual consumers.’

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In her radio column for Drivetime this week, Olivia O’Leary gave her own view of the generational shift underway at the top of Irish politics and what it means beyond the simple reality of the number of years a politician has clocked up on this earth. If he becomes Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at 38, will be the youngest leader in …

Fine Gael Leadership Debate “This was an auld scrap. A rumble in the red cow.”

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It was all about the mojo last night, as the Fine Gael leadership battle swung into gear, courtesy of a fuel-injected first hustings at Red Cow Hotel in Dublin. Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, prompted a few smiles when he referred to getting his “mojo back” last September. But last night, according to journalist, Alison O’Connor, it was Simon Coveney’s turn to …

Fine Gael LeadershipWho has the X Factor?

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In 2007, Enda Kenny famously claimed that to be the leader of Fine Gael one needs the “the reputation of Michael Collins and the personality of Muhammad Ali.” Ten years later, it’s all about the X Factor. On RTE’s Prime Time last night, David MCullagh asked Simon Coveney about the enduring criticism that while he’s perceived as a steady hand, …

Olivia O'Leary's Political Column‘The exercise of power loses more friends than that makes.’

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In her column for Drivetime this week, Olivia O’Leary reflects on the departure of Enda Kenny as leader of Fine Gael and what his drawn-out announcement ultimately cost him. “At the end there were no close friends in cabinet, there was no huddle of political buddies, and that’s how it is and politics: the exercise of power loses more friends …

Enda Kenny‘Kenny-ism can be defined as lacking in any ideology and driven by mere and simple pragmatism’

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When Enda Kenny was first elected to Dáil Éireann in 1975, Liam Cosgrave was Taoiseach, Gerald Ford was president of the United States, and Margaret Thatcher had just been elected as leader of the UK Conservative Party. It was a different era. But as Kenny steps down as Fine Gael leader, to make way for the incumbents and a new …