Varadkar may be too big to fail or Fianna Fáil too low in polls but Tánaiste looks set to fight another day
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar TD during a Cabinet meeting at Dublin Castle. Photo: Collins
November 03 2020 02:30 AM
It might be that Tánaiste Leo Varadkar is too big to fail or that Fianna Fáil are too low in the opinion polls to allow him to fail. Either way, at the time of writing, it looks like Varadkar will live to fight another day despite the serious question marks hanging over his decision to leak an unpublished GP contract to his friend and political supporter Dr Maitiú Ó’Tuathail.
The spin from Fine Gael ministers dispatched to defend Varadkar yesterday was that the then Taoiseach was actually doing the country a favour by leaking the document.
He was simply trying to ensure as many doctors as possible signed up to the new contract which required them to provide free GP care to all children under six years old.
Varadkar’s ‘leak’ has pushed vexed issue of cabinet confidentiality back to the front
Teflon Tánaiste: Leo Varadkar is facing diffcult questions over his dislosure of a confidential agreement on doctors’ pay deal. Photo: Collins
November 02 2020 02:30 AM
You are a serious contender for ‘Best Political Nerd of 2020’ if you can remember a referendum in October 1997 about cabinet confidentiality. The reality is almost nobody remembers this one, in which less than half the nation bothered to vote and it was very nearly lost despite cross-party political support.
We mention it today because Leo Varadkar is about to be hauled over the opposition coals for disclosing a confidential agreement on a doctors’ pay deal. Right now this one has the look of something very awkward for our Teflon Tánaiste – but, so far, it may even be potentially fatal career-wise, the more so if there are additional disclosures.
It must be said, however, that Mr Varadkar was pretty strident in October 2018 when forcing Independent TD Denis Naughten to resign as communications minister. He also soared up the moral high ground when pursuing the resignation of EU commissioner Phil Hogan.