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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Julien Behal/PA)

Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Julien Behal/PA)

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Taoiseach Micheal Martin and Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (Julien Behal/PA)

'GUBU' entered the lexicon of Irish politics in 1982. It stood for Grotesque, Unbelievable, Bizarre and Unprecedented.

These were the words used by the then Taoiseach, CJ Haughey on discovering that a murder suspect was found by the police hiding in the home of the government's own Attorney General. The late Conor Cruise O'Brien felt GUBU summed up the regime of Fianna Fail under Haughey. It was indeed strange times.

But that was 1982 and the Republic of Ireland was caught in the battles between Garret (Fitzgerald) - The Good and Charlie Haughey - an Irish version of Flash Gordon's Emperor Ming! Now it is 2020 and strange times are upon the country again.