History UsefulNotes / PrimeMinistersOfIreland

15th Jun '18 4:01:22 PM costanton11
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* WhatTheHellHero: His reaction to warnings and fears over the prospect of economic decline in the mid 2000s was that those who were complaining should "go commit suicide".
** And then economy declined. And then people started commiting suicide.
15th Jun '18 3:57:20 PM costanton11
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* WhatTheHellHero: The international reaction at the time to his visiting the German Consulate in 1945 to express commiseration with the staff for Hitler's death. He defended this action with Ireland's officially neutral stance in the war - he had extended exactly the same courtesy to the Americans on the death of Roosevelt.
15th Jun '18 1:29:23 PM CynicalBastardo
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* TwoferTokenMinority: Of all the men listed on this page, he's the only one of mixed ethnicity and the only one to be openly gay.
15th Jun '18 1:25:48 PM CynicalBastardo
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* TheScapegoat: Many argue that he was this for his predecessor's policies, since Bertie [[ScrewThisImOutOfHere got out just before things got truly horrible]].
15th Jun '18 1:19:26 PM CynicalBastardo
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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: His statement that a referendum on same-sex marriage would be undesirable as it would be too divisive.

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* CompletelyMissingThePoint: His statement that a referendum on same-sex marriage would be undesirable as it would be too divisive. Especially HilariousInHindsight considering said referendum passed by a landslide in 2015.


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** The infamous [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stadium_Ireland "Bertie Bowl"]], a stadium that suffered from DevelopmentHell so badly that the whole thing was eventually abandoned.
20th May '18 2:13:03 PM costanton11
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John Bruton (b 1947) holds the honour of being the UsefulNotes/GeraldFord of Irish politics. He held the premiership despite coming second in the election, but under Irish parliamentary law there was nothing wrong with this. Albert Reynolds had resigned but parliament was not dissolved, so Bruton's Fine Gael formed the next Government with Labour, which had performed a HeelFaceTurn after one too many disagreements with their former coalition partners. The Bruton years saw marked economic growth and an improvement in the standard of living, but a worsening situation in [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Ireland]]. A series of IRA attacks in London and Manchester, as well as the IRA killing of an Irish police officer had increased the pressure on politicians to do something. Bruton's attempts to end the crisis with diplomacy led to him being dubbed "John Unionist" for his aquisience to Unionist demands, as well as his rather verbose welcome to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Prince Charles]] when the latter made the first British royal visit to Ireland since independence.

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John Bruton (b 1947) holds the honour of being the UsefulNotes/GeraldFord of Irish politics. He held the premiership despite coming second in the election, but under Irish parliamentary law there was nothing wrong with this. Albert Reynolds had resigned but parliament was not dissolved, so Bruton's Fine Gael formed the next Government with Labour, which had performed a HeelFaceTurn after one too many disagreements with their former coalition partners. The Bruton years saw marked economic growth and an improvement in the standard of living, but a worsening situation in [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Northern Ireland]]. A series of IRA attacks in London and Manchester, as well as the IRA killing of an Irish police officer had increased the pressure on politicians to do something. Bruton's attempts to end the crisis with diplomacy led to him being dubbed "John Unionist" for his aquisience to Unionist demands, as well as his rather verbose welcome to [[UsefulNotes/TheHouseOfWindsor Prince Charles]] when the latter made the first British royal visit to Ireland since independence.
27th Nov '17 4:24:52 PM nombretomado
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* IrishNames / GenderBlenderName: 'Enda' is a name used by both men and women but is considerably more common for men. Unfortunately it is close in spelling and sound to the unrelated and definitely ''feminine'' 'Edna' and some foreigners got confused leading to the ''New York Times'' welcoming the election of ‘Ms. Edna Kenny’.

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* IrishNames / GenderBlenderName: 'Enda' is a name used by both men and women but is considerably more common for men. Unfortunately it is close in spelling and sound to the unrelated and definitely ''feminine'' 'Edna' and some foreigners got confused leading to the ''New York Times'' welcoming the election of ‘Ms. Edna Kenny’.
26th Nov '17 12:24:39 PM Prime32
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* FanNickname: "The Teflon Taoiseach", since nothing thrown at him [[IncrediblyLamePun ever seemed to stick]].
** The [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spire_of_Dublin Spire of Dublin]], the tallest sculpture in the world, was constructed under his leadership, leading it to be colloquially known as "Bertie's [[DoubleEntendre Erection]]".



* FunnyForeigner: Despite his reputation for DullSurprise at home, had a tendency to play up the "friendly Irish lad" image in foreign negotiations.



Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with an Irish mother and an Indian father. Despite this, Varadkar is regarded as one of the furthest right-wing politicians in mainstream Irish politics.

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Enda Kenny's successor as leader of Fine Gael and as Taoiseach, after winning the leadership contest against Simon Coveney in 2017. Notable for being both Ireland's first gay Taoiseach, and the first to be of mixed ethnicity, with ethnicity (with an Irish mother and an Indian father.father), and the youngest to ever hold the office. Despite this, Varadkar is regarded as one of the furthest right-wing politicians in mainstream Irish politics.


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* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: His unusual background attracted media attention outside of Ireland, but relatively little within it, to the point where most coverage was something along the lines of "We're surprised that we're the only ones who aren't surprised".
22nd Jun '17 12:54:39 PM CynicalBastardo
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* CloudCuckooLander: When he visited Downing Street for his first official visit, [[http://www.thejournal.ie/leo-varadkar-hugh-grant-3452447-Jun2017/ he referenced]] ''Film/LoveActually'' and was disappointed to find that it wasn't actually filmed there.


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* SuddenlySexuality: While not completely secret, he never discussed his sexuality publically until the Marriage Equality Referendum of 2015. The timing of this was not coincidental.
10th Jun '17 10:17:15 AM nombretomado
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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dasU9U7i3JQ His reply address]] to WinstonChurchill's post-victory remarks on neutral Ireland's perceived lack of assistance during World War II.

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* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dasU9U7i3JQ His reply address]] to WinstonChurchill's UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill's post-victory remarks on neutral Ireland's perceived lack of assistance during World War II.
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