Happy anniversary Mr Taoiseach

Inside Politics: We have become used to Varadkar as Taoiseach now, so it’s easy forget how novel he was

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of Feile An Phobail at St Mary’s University College, Belfast, Friday June 8th, 2018. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar at the launch of Feile An Phobail at St Mary’s University College, Belfast, Friday June 8th, 2018. Photograph: Laura Hutton/PA Wire

Today is Leo Varadkar’s first anniversary as Taoiseach, a year to the day since he was elected to be the country’s leader by the Dáil (thanks to Fianna Fáil’s abstention), travelled to Áras an Uachtaráin for the ceremonials with Michael D, and then returned to Leinster House to put together his administration.

He’ll mark it by travelling to Madrid (on the Government jet, though that is hardly the lap of luxury) and meeting Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez. They will discuss Brexit of course – the great political and diplomatic challenge facing the young Taoiseach and his government.

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