2017 politics: Varadkar’s solid start after roller coaster year

News review: Irish politics avoids election, but new taoiseach and tánaiste bed in

Immediately after the leadership contest was called, a raft of senior Ministers came out backing Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

Immediately after the leadership contest was called, a raft of senior Ministers came out backing Leo Varadkar. Photograph: Alan Betson

It has been a roller coaster ride over the past year in Irish politics with a change of Taoiseach, the resignation of a tánaiste, a series of political crises and a threatened general election in the days before Christmas.

The year began with Enda Kenny in the Taoiseach’s office and looking set to remain there for the foreseeable future. Then, in February, the ongoing controversy about Sgt Maurice McCabe had one of its regular eruptions and Kenny’s position was suddenly under threat.

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