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Leo Varadkar gives his speech

Leo Varadkar gives his speech

Leo Varadkar gives his speech

"Powerful, inspired, inspiring, measured. Cometh the hour. Cometh the man. How lucky we are to have your leadership."

This is just one of hundreds of emails sent to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar by members of the public in the aftermath of his St Patrick's Day 'state of the nation' address to the country.

New records show that Mr Varadkar received 530 emails in the hours after the address and the following two days.

A record-breaking 1.6 million watched the broadcast.

A memo to Government has since warned that the next phase of the Coronavirus crisis has the potential to be "far more divisive".

However, copies of the first 100 emails sent to the Taoiseach after his St Patrick's Day address show that the vast majority of the emails were laudatory as the country braced itself for a number of weeks of lockdown in response to Covid-19.

One person who emailed at 9.26pm on St Patrick's night wrote to Mr Varadkar with the subject line 'Statemanship'.

Shivers

The emailer wrote: "Dear Taoiseach, what a powerful St Patrick's Day message to our nation. Such calm words of comfort and restraint.

"Sent shivers down my spine reminding me of Churchill declaring war on Germany."

The theme continued with another emailer writing to say: "Hi Leo, your speech tonight was absolutely superb. Well done. It made me proud to be Irish and brought a tear to my eye.

"You are playing an absolute blinder leading us through this crisis. Thank you for all your hard work and perseverance."

Another emailer wrote to the Taoiseach at 9.35pm, saying: "I have always felt so proud to be Irish, but tonight that pride went to new heights while listening to your speech."

The emailer stated: "You were certain and assured and instilled a sense of calm and order. Your words were so carefully chosen to rally us and inspire each other in this challenging time here in Ireland.

"Thank you for your leadership, intelligent understanding of this frightening situation and for your compassion for humanity."