Leo Varadkar will become Ireland’s prime minister for a second time this weekend under a coalition deal struck after the 2020 election.
Many things have changed since Varadkar left the office in June of that year during the initial onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic. Some issues — such as the fallout from Brexit and the pressure on housing — will be more familiar.
The Fine Gael leader will take over the position from Fianna Fail’s Micheal Martin for the second half of a parliamentary term shared between two historic rivals with support from the Greens.
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