IT was his first major test as Taoiseach and he blew it.A battle-worn Leo Varadkar had to admit defeat on Tuesday as Tanaiste Frances Fitzgerald resigned over her handling of information about whistleblower Maurice McCabe.While a gloating Opposition looked on, Varadkar described the departing Tanaiste as “a good woman leaving without a fair hearing”.Which was probably the most sensible thing he has said in ages.Despite the questions over what she did or didn’t know about those Sergeant McCabe emails in 2015, I genuinely believe Fitzgerald was one of the few decent politicians left out there.Of all the political shysters we’ve had to put up with over the years (not looking at anyone in particular, Bertie) we are actually losing a good, trustworthy Tanaiste here.But no matter. The merest whiff of impropriety over anything relating to the McCabe scandal is political suicide.As soon as Fitzgerald’s name was linked to the whole whistleblower saga, it was over for the Dublin Mid-West TD.No one wants to admit defeat in politics but Leo was well and truly beaten on this one.And his decision to throw his weight behind the former Tanaiste may still prove his undoing. There’s many a Taoiseach who have had to… Read full this story
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