Fintan O’Toole: No, Taoiseach, Irish values are not American values
Leo Varadkar’s sycophantic US speech was a travesty of Irish culture and history
Leo Varadkar does not often give set-piece speeches about Irish public values. Perhaps it is just as well.
Last Wednesday he gave one in Washington DC. It was outstandingly silly even by the standards of the boilerplate banality typical of gala dinners. For this speech comes when Ireland is at a very important juncture in its modern history.