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Ireland Ciara Phelan column: Election is history as Leo Varadkar shines amid Covid-19 crisis

09:25  28 march  2020
09:25  28 march  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Leo Varadkar seems to have gained new fans this week as the pandemic has come at a crucial moment in Irish politics.

Sinn Fein’s silence has been deafening while party leader Mary Lou – or Mary Who – only popped her head out to throw around demands before disappearing again.

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Leo’s live address to the nation has been played on TV sets across the globe and will find its way into our children’s history books.

He has been praised for his professionalism and his level-headed approach to tackling the spread of the virus in comparison to other world leaders.

At each press briefing he has appeared calm, confident and poised.

He has stood and answered all the questions journalists have thrown his way every single day without flinching.

a screen shot of Leo Varadkar in a suit and tie: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar © Steve Humphreys/PA Wire Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Yes, Fine Gael have got it so wrong in the past and they were hammered prior to the General Election for their failure to get a grasp on many issues such as the housing and health crises.

But no one can deny Leo and Health Minister Simon Harris have been top class leaders at this time of need in our country.

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We are lucky our Taoiseach is a doctor who has the medical knowledge to understand what is required to fight this devastating virus.

And it’s impossible to see Mary Lou McDonald or Micheal Martin stand at that same pew and give the same reassurance to a worried nation.

It doesn’t happen often in Irish politics but this time the Government has listened to the experts and swiftly moved to put measures in place the people of this country were told could never be done.

Simon Harris, Simon Coveney standing next to a man in a suit and tie: Minister for Health Simon Harris (left), Tanaiste Simon Coveney (centre) and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at a news conference at Government Buildings in Dublin after Leo Varadkar announced that all schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland will close until March 29 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak © Brian Lawless/PA Wire Minister for Health Simon Harris (left), Tanaiste Simon Coveney (centre) and Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan at a news conference at Government Buildings in Dublin after Leo Varadkar announced that all schools, colleges and childcare facilities in Ireland will close until March 29 as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak

For the first time in the history of the State a single-tier health service has been created to give equal healthcare to sick people.

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The siblings' outing comes amid the novel coronavirus, COVID - 19 , continues to spread in the Sunshine State and it was declared a disaster area by President Donald Trump.

And although the money offered to those who have lost their jobs as a result of this pandemic will mean very little to them, at least they have been promised some form of payment.

Of course, it is inevitable not everyone will benefit and there are plenty of homes across the country devastated by the loss of employment.

However, the action taken by the Government within a matter of days to offer up a substantial pay package to help members of society struggling through this crisis has to be applauded.

Remember the criticism Paschal Donohoe received last year over the creation of the Rainy Day Fund to mitigate severe economic shock?

Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney are posing for a picture: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney arrive on stage at the Convention centre, Dublin, at an event to brief businesses on getting prepared for Brexit © Brian Lawless/PA Wire Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (left) and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney arrive on stage at the Convention centre, Dublin, at an event to brief businesses on getting prepared for Brexit

Well, this is Ireland’s rainy day.

There was talk of an attempt at forming a Government again during the week in which the Green Party said they would not go into power with Fine Gael and Fianna Fail. 

But Leo and Micheal’s army have hinted they will try everything they can to form a coalition in a bid to recover the economy after the Covid-19 threat has diminished.

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Which has left Sinn Fein out in the cold again.

But will voters really care? It seems the crowd who wanted Fine Gael out of power may have had a

change of heart following the Taoiseach’s Oscar-worthy performance.

This shift is visible among the 18 to 35 age group who

are now tweeting their praise for King Leo when just weeks ago Mary Lou was Queen of Hearts.

I have no doubt Leo Varadkar would wish his finest moment as Taoiseach could have been in better circumstances.

But I also believe he knows the timing of this crisis has been crucial to his recovery as a leader.

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