“There’s no evidence that Leo Varadkar has brought Fine Gael any electoral fruits and that’s the real test for him”
The government have reached the halfway point but, as Leo Varadkar returns as Taoiseach, the prospect of one of the most significant elections in modern Irish history will dominate everything before too long.
Jim O’Callaghan: “Prior to the next election, we should not be ruling out going into government with anyone”
Jim O'Callaghan entered politics later in life than some and has become a key figure in Fianna Fáil, despite being surprisingly left out of Cabinet for this government. He talks to Sam Smyth about his leadership aspirations, golfgate and why he wouldn't be opposed to going into government with Sinn Féin.
Lucinda Creighton: “Women who have strong views that don’t toe the party line or kowtow to whatever the prevailing wind is get punished”
First elected to the Dáil at the age of 27, Lucinda Creighton was a rising star in Fine Gael – before she resigned from the party over her stance on abortion. Having left Irish politics for good, Creighton has entered the world of business through Vulcan Consulting.