If not now, then when? But only Leo knows the route to 60 seats

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with British prime minister Theresa May at the EU-League of Arab States summit in Egypt. Picture: Stefan Rousseau

Some of the most sensitive papers the Taoiseach sees, which few of his colleagues ever do, are Fine Gael’s polling data on a constituency-by-constituency basis.

Shared only parsimoniously, if at all, with those closest to him, it is ironically fully available to the leader of Fianna Fáil. They may have different polling companies, but essentially they are the only two with an up-to-date set of maps and charts.

It is important that we don’t allow big issues distract from smaller ones. Especially on a day of more drama in the House of Commons, when an amendment by MPs Yvette Cooper (Labour) and Oliver Letwin amendment (Conservatives) looks likely to succeed, and have the effect of taking control of the Brexit process from prime minister Theresa May, if she cannot get sufficient support for her deal on March 12.

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