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Varadkar no longer shortest-serving Taoiseach December 30, 2019

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This last week marked an interesting anniversary. As the IT noted:

Mr Varadkar, the country’s 14th leader, will on Wednesday have served 925 days as Taoiseach since taking office on June 14th, 2017. On Tuesday he equals Mr Bruton’s tenure as taoiseach in the Fine Gael-led rainbow coalition between December 1994 and June 1997.
The Fine Gael leader will have to serve as Taoiseach until April 15th and April 17th next year to pass Brian Cowen and Albert Reynolds, two former Fianna Fáil leaders, respectively as the next shortest-serving taoisigh.
Mr Cowen served as taoiseach for 1,036 days between May 2008 and March 2011, while Mr Reynolds served for 1,038 days between February 1992 and December 1994.

It seems such a minor thing but I wonder. On a personal level for individuals these things matter. Like Bruton Varadkar was not brought to power in an election, so to outlast him might be some sort of achievement. To be honest I’m surprised, in my memory the FG/LP/DL coalition lasted a longer time. But apparently not.

A question. If Fianna Fáil ‘win’ the next election, however that is defined, and do come to power what then for Varadkar. He’s still relatively young. Does he stay on as leader of FG to fight another election or is he replaced?

And just on his leadership, I wonder does he regret not going to the state in the initial flush of good polling that he and FG experienced? Or perhaps that was ephemeral and tested in an election it would have faded away.

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1. Tomboktu - December 30, 2019

A pal of mine tracks when ministers pass the threshold for a higher pension or a severance payment.

It brings interesting insights about the timings of reshuffles and resignations (although, Róisín Shortall surprised him by declining the severance payment when she resigned).

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2. Paul Culloty - December 30, 2019

Nothing that has occurred since 2017 has altered my original belief that Coveney would have made the better Taoiseach – after all, the Brexit deal, which remains the Government’s only significant achievement, was primarily his responsibility, and the Corkman would surely have been better placed to take the fight to FF in rural constituencies.

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3. oliverbohs - December 31, 2019

One suspects the more the electorate gets familiar with Vlad, the less popular he’ll become. And can’t see any positive knock on effects from getting Brexit “done” if Johnson decides to use NI as a useful wedge issue for some EU-bashing and grandstanding.

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4. EWI - December 31, 2019

‘Beating’ the level of John Bruton’s ignominy is a low, low bar.

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5. Miguel62 - December 31, 2019

To be honest, I’m surprised the record for shortest Taoiseach is so long. 924 days is quite a length of time, even if, like yourself, I’d imagined the rainbow coalition as somewhat longer. I suppose living through the short-lived FGLAB and FF governments in the early eighties normalised a concept of volatility that in retrospect was quite unusual.

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Tomboktu - January 1, 2020

I expect that might be because some of them got two bites at the cherry that added to more than 924: Haughey and FitzGerald, for example. If Varadkar loses this year (your correspondent says at 2.01 in the morning!), would he expect to hang on till the next election or be sent packing by the Cork prince?

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