An tUasal Leo steals a March on the Soldiers of Destiny...

Catalpast

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Well well well - just when you think the bold Leo has no more cards up his sleeve he plays another one:

From now on dear citizens our illustrious Taoiseach will be known as Gaeilge as:

An tUasal Leo de Varad

Up Dev!:cool:

After successfully completing a certificate of competence course in Irish, the Taoiseach opted for his own Gaelic version of his Indian surname.

Forget about the old Leo Varadkar - cuirigí fáilte roimh 'Leo de Varad' - Independent.ie

You never know - it just might work!
 


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Well well well - just when you think the bold Leo has no more cards up his sleeve he plays another one:

From now on dear citizens our illustrious Taoiseach will be known as Gaeilge as:

An tUasal Leo de Varad

Up Dev!:cool:

After successfully completing a certificate of competence course in Irish, the Taoiseach opted for his own Gaelic version of his Indian surname.

Forget about the old Leo Varadkar - cuirigí fáilte roimh 'Leo de Varad' - Independent.ie

You never know - it just might work!
It looks like he is trying to hard to fit in me thinks.
 

gijoe

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Looks suspiciously too much like de Valera for my liking.

PS what's 'takes it up the jacksee' as Gaelige? It would go well with his new name!
 

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Decided that he had an interest in Irish, when it might help him politically.

This fella is some tool.

No doubt he'll be popular.
 

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Decided that he had an interest in Irish, when it might help him politically
And? He's the Taoiseach. He's reached the top of the ladder and realised he needs to be able to converse in both national languages.
 

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Decided that he had an interest in Irish, when it might help him politically.

This fella is some tool.

No doubt he'll be popular.
I'm beginning to doubt he's even gay TBH.
 

razorblade

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And? He's the Taoiseach. He's reached the top of the ladder and realised he needs to be able to converse in both national languages.
Surely the language he usually speaks is enough on account its the same language that most of the country use in everyday conversation.
 

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Decided that he had an interest in Irish, when it might help him politically.

This fella is some tool.

No doubt he'll be popular.
Damned if you do and equally so if you don't, apparently.

If he did it out of commitment to Irish, then fair play to him. If he did it for political purposes, then it was a clever move.

Neither interpretation makes him "some tool".

But hey, any stick lying about.
 

ShoutingIsLeadership

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I don't see that he chose to learn Irish because it would help him politically. If anything, not being known as the Taoiseach who couldn't speak as Gaeilge was probably a bigger motivator.


And you don't see that as a political consequence?
 

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Damned if you do and equally so if you don't, apparently.

If he did it out of commitment to Irish, then fair play to him. If he did it for political purposes, then it was a clever move.

Neither interpretation makes him "some tool".

But hey, any stick lying about.

Where did I say that this made him some tool? That was a stand-alone statement with its own distinct sentence. No semi-colon at the end of the preceding sentence.

I also said that no doubt he'd be popular...which you seem to have missed. Maybe because you couldn't use it as a stick?
 

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Surely the language he usually speaks is enough on account its the same language that most of the country use in everyday conversation.
If he wants to speak the 2nd most spoken language here

- he should try Polish!:cool:
 

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And you don't see that as a political consequence?
Well not in the sense of it being a vote getter and ratings booster. If that's what you meant.
It would certainly help him in carrying out his role as Taoiseach. If that's what you meant by politically, then fair enough.
 

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Damned if you do and equally so if you don't, apparently.

If he did it out of commitment to Irish, then fair play to him. If he did it for political purposes, then it was a clever move.

Neither interpretation makes him "some tool".

But hey, any stick lying about.
It's the thing with Varadkar that he's just all substance, all about PR opportunities while letting real issues go to pot.
 


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