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We asked Leo and Simon some of life’s burning questions*

*like Tayto or King…

Leo and Simon have opposing views on pizza toppings.
Leo and Simon have opposing views on pizza toppings.

AFTER PLEDGES OF allegiances, hustings and the odd dig or two, today is D-day for the Fine Gael party.

Today either Simon Coveney or Leo Varadkar will succeed Enda Kenny and become the next leader of the party, and in turn, the next Taoiseach.

Over the past two weeks, they two men have been grilled on issues such as, taxation, health, housing and Trump.

While it is of course important to question the possible future leaders on the serious issues, we also want them to give answers to some of life’s most pressing issues.

When Enda Kenny stopped by offices in 2015, we put a few of those dilemmas to him.


We thought it only fair that we hear Coveney and Varadkar’s views – just so we know where each are coming from.

Turns out they are divided on a few things, other than policy.

5794 Simon Coveney_90512508 Source: Leah Farrell

Simon Coveney

Jaffa cakes – Are they a biscuit or a cake? ”Oh they’re a biscuit.”

Is pineapple okay on a pizza? ”Absolutely.”

Tayto or King? ”Tayto every time”

Barrys or Lyons? ”Ah, do you have to even ask that question. Barrys.”

What’s his favourite animal? (we mainly asked this because of the answer he gave us three years ago)


“Well I have two rescue dogs, but my favourite animal at the moment is a six month old kitten that came into house. I like cats, they are sort of self-sufficient.”

CABINET Leo Varadkar Source: Sam Boal

Leo Varadkar

Jaffa cake – Are they a biscuit or cake? ”Biscuit for sure”

Is pineapple okay on a pizza? “Never. I am totally opposed to cooking fruit in any form.”

Tayto or King? ”Tayto. I met Mr Tayto at the Euros in Poland a couple of years ago. Been a fan ever since.”


Barrys or Lyons? ”Barry’s even though Deirdre [Clune, whose family is behind Barry's tea] is voting for Simon :)”

What’s your favourite animal? ”Aardvark – it’s a perfect anagram of my surname you know.”

shutterstock_301091156 Aardvark - Leo's favourite animal Source: Shutterstock/Christian Colista

Who’s right about pineapple on pizza? Are either of them right about Tayto being better than King? Let us know in the comments.

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