A dose of the backbench blues

Inside Politics: Varadkar was unable to mine a seam of female talent due to his ban on favouring those elected in 2016

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with new Ministers of State. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Hasn’t it always been thus?

The fresh-faced new leader poses with his hand-picked ensemble cast on the steps of Government Buildings.

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