Varadkar positions Fine Gael as the party of tax cuts

Deal with Fianna Fáil leaves Taoiseach limited scope for headway on ardfheis pledge

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Fine Gael Ardfheis was ‘the clearest manifestation yet’ of what he promised he would deliver as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s speech to the Fine Gael Ardfheis was ‘the clearest manifestation yet’ of what he promised he would deliver as Fine Gael leader. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

When he ran to be leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar told his party that if it stood for everything it would stand for nothing.

“Being all things to all people is the Fianna Fáil way,” he said during one of the leadership hustings. “Do that and we end up being nothing to anyone. We’ve tried it many times in the past and remained in Opposition as a result.”

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