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Here's the story behind those pics of Lucinda and Leo being fierce friendly last Friday night

The former Fine Gael colleagues pulled a cracker together.

ON FRIDAY NIGHT, former Fine Gael colleagues Lucinda Creighton and Leo Varadkar tweeted pictures of themselves pulling a Christmas cracker with each other.

It had been thought by some that the pair had fallen out over the abortion debate last year, particularly after Creighton divulged details of what Varadkar thought was a private conversation between the two.

So it surprised some when these pictures emerged last Friday. First Creighton tweeted these two pictures:

Then a bit later Varadkar cheekily tweeted this:

There were lots of retweets, favourites and reaction:

On that last tweet there are no plans afoot for Varadkar to join Creighton’s long-rumoured new party. No surprise there.

But it transpires that the pair are still mates and were just out for dinner with friends last Friday when the opportunity to pull a big cracker arose.

Creighton and Varadkar’s friendship dates back to their days in college when they were both members of Young Fine Gael at Trinity. The pair were also both elected as councillors in 2004, as TDs in 2007 and made ministers in 2011.

Creighton left the government and Fine Gael in 2013 after voting against the party on the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill.

She subsequently claimed that Varadkar had told her and her fellow rebel TDs to “behave like good children” to get back into the Fine Gael fold. The current Health Minister denied he made such comments and was angered by her divulging what he thought was a private conversation.

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