Leo has the position but not the power as parties prepare for election battle

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Leo has the position but not the power as parties prepare for election battle

Fine Gael enjoys the trappings of office – but can point to few significant legislative achievements


Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Photo: PA

‘In office, but not in power” was Norman Lamont’s assessment of John Major’s government when he was sacked as Chancellor in 1993. Privately, the Irish Government might have the same assessment of its position.

Clearly, it enjoys the trappings of office – Fine Gael TDs and senators were tripping over each other to get close to Harry and Meghan – but it must wonder where the power went.

The end of the Dail term means tidying up before the summer recess. Bills are going through the Oireachtas apace.

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