Noel Whelan: Varadkar regime returns an inconclusive verdict
Taoiseach is open and decisive, but has not yet proved he is a leader of substance
‘In Leo Varadkar’s first month, Fianna Fáil has for understandable political reasons sought to hobble the new Taoiseach.’ File photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Five weeks is too short a period to form anything approaching a defining assessment of any prime minister. However, as politics is about to go into recess, we can begin to form some initial impressions about how Leo Varadkar will operate as Taoiseach.
In terms of leadership approach, one early shift under the Varadkar regime is clear.