Varadkar looks to steady the ship

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German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar prepare to review a guard of honour. Photograph:  Sean Gallup/Getty Images

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar prepare to review a guard of honour. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

After his first one-on-one meeting with Angela Merkel in the chancellery in Berlin yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was back in Leinster House in time to defend the Strategic Communications Unit against a Sinn Féin motion calling for its abolition.

His spokeswoman insisted he did not dash back to the Dáil for that specific purpose, but Varadkar nevertheless told TDs he is likely to ignore their motion calling for the SCU to be disbanded.

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