That Went Well


This morning.

The Marian Finucane Show, RTÊ Radio One.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar conducted a live interview with Marian Finucane to clear the air after the calamitous events of the past week…


Pic: RTÉ

75 thoughts on “That Went Well

  1. Hungry Dumpty

    A collection of FFers tweeting negatively about the Government.

    Big news.

    Fox News also think that this Michael Flynn things isn’t big.

  2. Charger Salmons

    Ah,the old Tony Blair ” get interviewed on Good Morning Britain by bimbo rather than a serious journalist ” trick.
    And Varruca even manages to balls that up.
    You can see why the Europeans are enjoying how easy it is to pull his strings.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        Agreed. She’s many things, but I don’t think anyone could justifiably call her a bimbo.

  3. jimmey_russell

    the sheer volume of homophobic and racist hat speech aloud on this site and on twitter and social media towards our Taoiseach is terrifying, we need tougher hate speech laws like in england regarding online trolls

    1. Paddy at the Howth Summit

      Hey, Josepha Madigan, shouldn’t you be off learning Irish or baking cakes for the local Anti-Traveller meetup in Foxrock?

    2. Ron

      Speak for yourself Jimmy. He isn’t my Taoiseach. After what they did to Mc Cabe it’s all fair game.

  4. sonofstan

    I wasn’t paying a huge amount of attention, and I’ll never vote FG and never have, but I didn’t think it was that bad.
    What struck me -trivially – was how MF asked about what his partner thought about his handling of the last week – can anyone remember a hetero taoiseach/ politician being asked what their spouse thought about their work?

      1. Go A Way

        Ah I don’t know about that. Kenny’s wife was often quoted as a major influence on him and in a positive way

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          Wasn’t she ‘someone’s’ daughter?!? Or did she work for FF or something? Apparently she’s very sharp.

      1. kirkbadaz

        They don’t ask Michael what Sabina thinks. Although I for one would be interested. She’s a sharp wan

    1. Peter Dempsey

      “I’ll never vote FG and never have”
      Wow, you sound really cool. Let me guess – you feel the same way about FF?
      So who do you recommend – PBP or the Socialist Party?

      “Sometimes it seems like open season on my life”

  5. Frilly Keane

    Ah the pets
    Off to Ernie’s now as soon as Marian comes down
    – Leo is off in wardrobe having an oul snoop in the meantime

    WTF were ye expecting
    Parkie & Ali
    Nick Robinson/ Farage

    He’s a head boy
    Not a Nobel laureate or a MLK/ JFK

  6. Milton Friedman

    This is typical of new media.
    For example,
    Leo gives a radio interview on RTE and if you regard him as the second incarnation of ‘evil’ Thatcher you will want to confirm your negative bias, so you trawl Twitter and find a select few tweets that confirms that bias which leads to confirmation bias being wholly achieved.

    Meanwhile in the real world, most people will regard the interview as OK.

    It would be nice to have a bit more balance.

      1. Milton Friedman

        That is your opinion of the matter and to back it up you went off and found a few FF guys who agreed with you and another person who has a avatar which can be viewed as homophobic against Leo.
        Again, this is new media for you.

          1. Milton Friedman

            100% agree, vast majority of it is noise by self important people. So why do media outlets use it as a way to confirm their opinion on matters?

        1. anne

          It can also be viewed as homophobic against Margaret Thatcher.

          There’s a reason her hair is used on him as opposed to say a blonde wig.

    1. ollie

      total car crash interview but as expected from a man more interested in socks and being gay than what’s best for Ireland.
      the north south border will be Leo’s legacy.

      1. Milton Friedman

        I agree with you there about the border and so far, its looking good when Tusk basically gives Ireland a veto and a massive stick to beat the UK with. We are quick to call out the failings of the government but we are shy to give them a thumbs up when things are going well.

        So, broadsheet posts up a negative opinion about this interview, fine. Yet, not a peep about Tusk and the rest of the EU backing Ireland in the Brexit talks about the border issue, which on the face of it is a massive win for the country as a whole. Again, not much balance on here sadly.

        If the talks next week goes our way and we get what we want about a borderless island, will broadsheet be singing the praises of Leo and the Government?

        1. Nigel

          Have to agree. Brexit and the border is the one place where he’s making the right noises, taking a strong but, despite the jingoistic grumbling about uppity ex-colonials getting too big for their britches, not aggressive stance, calling out the UK on its utter lack of preparation, planning or vision. It’s a fraught and tricky area, and it could all go wrong because the Brexit UK people are headless chickens and the DUP’s political power is dependent on myopia while SF’s comes from grandstanding, but getting backing from Tusk is a strong positive achievement. If only he could be so bold and decisive about literally every other urgent issue we’re facing, we might have half a chance.

          1. Go A Way

            Anyway it’s not Leo or anyone in his office doing this work it’s diplomats and foreign affairs civil servants

        2. GiggidyGoo

          I have the feeling that the EU is setting up Ireland once again. When the final exit starts in earnest and the EU and the UK gets their knickers in twists, the last bastion of blame for anything will be ‘Ireland’. Isn’t it great that Tusk came here now, and not in 400days time? A kinda Sepp Blatter fellow. Went back to the EU and said ‘do you know what Ireland think we will do? Heh heh heh heh.

          1. Charger Salmons

            Spot on there.
            Leo is basking in the glory of having the lovely Mr Tusk tap him on the head and say don’t you worry Patrick we’re right behind you.
            When in reality if the ordure hits the fan guess who carries the can when the other EU countries get pissed off to see a deal snatched away from them – most of them couldn’t give a toss about the Irish border issue at this moment.
            Varruca really doesn’t have a bull’s notion of how Europe works – Tusk is playing him like the fool he is.

          2. Nigel

            Yes at this point it’s all about the UK finding someone to blame versus everyone else trying to create a situation where there’s not so much to blame about.

          1. Milton Friedman

            In one thread, we see the full extent of the silliness. The good is credited to the Department of Foreign Affairs and civil servants while any of the bad is the fault of Leo. Well done guys, well done.

    2. Frilly Keane

      Here Milton
      Cop on ta’yerself

      Tis the likes ah’ you that are nothing but pure guilty of being behind this feckin Supply & Confidence lark that comes attached to this Government
      In all and every outin’ they bring us along to

      1. Milton Friedman

        The likes of me does what now? Get used to supply and confidence agreements, as by the looks of it we will be in another one soon enough.

        1. Frilly Keane

          But that doesn’t mean we all obliged to cooperate

          So get used ta’ the likes a’me not singing along

          1. Milton Friedman

            Its OK, the nation will acknowledge your non cooperation and carry on without you. I doubt you will be missed.

          2. Frilly Keane

            Everything starts with just the one person
            I’m not a bit put out if it’s just me anyway
            I don’t mind me own company

  7. Mourning Ireland

    The Strategic Communications Unit well worth the money. Between that moron and the congenitally inarticulate Helen McEntee. Shoulda put both on the Late Late Toy Show demoing marching Christmas stockings. They are both great filler material.


    He’s a man child, still in secondary school class debating team mode.
    Except this the real world, were there are real consequences

    He’s basically trying to run a country on soundbites, and how a grown up might.

        1. Frilly Keane

          Oh thank Christ tis only you & co

          I thought there for a bit I’d hemorrhoides

          So, any craic there t’day?
          There’s a rumour going Frances is going ta’ fight it out with Alan Shatter for the Aras run

          I’ll be having a bitta fun with that
          Just letting ye know like
          T’would help if ye’re a bit more organised this time

          1. Frilly Keane

            Frances Fitzgerald and Alan Shatter
            Competing for the Blueshurts Aras run

            G’wan Go’way
            Fill us in on the goss’


    When I read about his ‘strategic’ communications unit, I can only picture a team of youngFGers who resemble a team from the The Apprentice, they have have sold themselves as computer / social media ‘wiz kids’ and blinded Concannon with third rate tech gobbledygook who dips in and out of the office for updates rubbing his greasy palms at the thought of how long 5 mill will keep him in charlie.

    1. Frilly Keane

      Well that’s a bit smarter than what I pictured Jimmy

      I had a cohort of on-call TV3 exposé/ morning show beauts with a bitta DCU/ DIT Aungier Street blended in to the rosters

      Oh and with very cool ids hanging off their necks

        1. Frilly Keane

          I don’t
          Sur aren’t I related to a few
          I was one meself one time

          You used the word Hate
          Not me

          ‘careful now
          If you’re t’be any good at this lark
          Mind your attributions
          Otherwise you’ll have’ta go and get annuder email n’log in set up
          And you’ll only end up tripping over them when they’re left lying around the gaff

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