The Hot Press Interview with John Leahy

Having crashed and burned under Lucinda Creighton at the last election, Renua chose John Leahy as their new party leader. Some might see his decision to deny party members the freedom to vote to Repeal the 8th as a cynical attempt to woo the backwater vote. But, as this interview reveals, he is deeply conservative in his views, and believes that Repeal the Eighth will be defeated by rural Ireland’s silent majority. He also suggests that Leo Varadkar should have been in Renua, and discusses his admiration for Donald Trump. Is this the voice of the hidden, old-fashioned Ireland re-emerging?

Renua Ireland was set up in 2015 by the conservative...

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