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Nov 20, 2017

@lostexpectation @rtetwip And she said "to date" - making the context of her question perfectly clear.

Nov 20, 2017

@lostexpectation @rtetwip The issue here isn't that she said "one of the", it's that she said "to date." She made clear, in her question, that she was making a comparison across time, and not between countries. Taoiseach may have misheard her question, but she didn't make an international comparison.

Nov 20, 2017

@lostexpectation @rtetwip "when you mention Ireland and "one of the" you suggesting comparison of Ireland to other countries" - No, that's just not necessarily the case. There are other comparisons to be made, including the time-point comparison that actually was made in this case.

Nov 20, 2017

@lostexpectation @rtetwip It's possible that Varadkar, at the time, misheard or misunderstood the question, of course, and thought it involved an international comparison. But subsequent claims about the question have the benefit of replaying the tape, and therefore shouldn't involve the same mistake.

Nov 20, 2017

@lostexpectation @rtetwip I'm not sure I follow. The question put to Leo Varadkar last weekend did not mention international comparison or any other country. The Taoiseach did, in his response. Eoghan Murphy (and others) said "the context of the question was about international comparisons." That's false.

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