“Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald have been making eyes at each other, using Brexit as chaperone…”

Interesting observation from Eoghan Harris…

Leo Varadkar is playing full-on footsie with Sinn Fein – although he must know that Sinn Fein is using Brexit, like it uses the Irish language, as a baton to beat up on Northern Prods.

Behind their cosmetic digs at each other, Leo Varadkar and Mary Lou McDonald have been making eyes at each other, using Brexit as chaperone.

Last Tuesday, at a meeting of Sinn Fein in Newry, Mary Lou McDonald patronisingly praised Fine Gael for following the Sinn Fein “message”.

“To be fair to them, so far they have heard that message and so far we have managed to keep them on that path; we have to sustain that into the future.”

The following day in Dail Eireann, the Taoiseach returned her compliment.

“And I do want to recognise the constructive and measured approach by your party to the Brexit issue in recent months.”

That’s a pure porker. If Sinn Fein was interested in Brexit per se they would take their seats in Westminster. They have another agenda.

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty