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The Irish general election isn’t focussed on Britain—so why is the media acting like it is?

The British media's insistence on viewing the vote primarily through the lens of Brexit has, predictably, led to misunderstanding

By Patrick Thompson  

Is it any wonder Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been relatively polite in debates with coalition partners? Photo: PA

This Saturday, the Irish electorate votes in what will be the first general election since Brexit gave the politics of the Republic newfound importance to decision-makers and commentators in Britain. The incumbent Taoiseach, Fine Gael’s Leo Varadkar, looks set be the biggest loser from an election that he chose to call with his party slipping to third place in the latest opinion polls.

Varadkar, his government and Irish politics, in…

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