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#Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Thursday 29 April, 2021

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 1:55 PM 46,307 Views 76 Comments

Róisín Shortall said the transfer of patronage was ‘a snail-paced programme’.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 28 April, 2021

Taoiseach says largest delivery of Pfizer vaccines to Ireland - 191,800 doses - arrived today
# Covid19
# Covid19

Taoiseach says largest delivery of Pfizer vaccines to Ireland - 191,800 doses - arrived today

Apr 28th 2021, 1:32 PM 30,065 Views 58 Comments

Martin said the HSE’s modelling is still based on delivering 450,000 doses per week by the middle of June.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
# Out Of Work
# Out Of Work

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life

Apr 22nd 2021, 3:09 PM 76,163 Views 80 Comments

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

Taoiseach tells TDs barbers and hairdressers will be 'prioritised' in May easing - but no firm decisions made
# Chop Chop
# Chop Chop

Taoiseach tells TDs barbers and hairdressers will be 'prioritised' in May easing - but no firm decisions made

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 9:30 PM 74,350 Views 115 Comments

The Cabinet is due to meet next Tuesday and Thursday before signing off on plans for the easing of restrictions in May.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 1 April, 2021

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste

Apr 1st 2021, 2:35 PM 46,537 Views 127 Comments

A delivery of 112,000 vaccines were delivered last night, said Varadkar.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach acknowledges 'bumps along the way' with vaccine roll out, says AstraZenaca shortfall will be made up

Mar 3rd 2021, 3:20 PM 39,534 Views 95 Comments

Government says it’s on target to give first dose to 72,000 over-85s by the end of the first week of March.

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week
# Illegal Adoption
# Illegal Adoption

Minister to bring memo on illegal birth registrations to Cabinet next week

Mar 3rd 2021, 2:09 PM 7,506 Views 6 Comments

The review was commissioned in 2018 but its publication was delayed.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 18 February, 2021

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,042 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 11 February, 2021

'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

'You're not a stupid man': Leo Varadkar and Pearse Doherty clash over Covid-19 insurance

Feb 11th 2021, 1:35 PM 80,141 Views 89 Comments

Tensions were running high during Leaders’ Questions.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It's a better forum than the High Court': Taoiseach says CervicalCheck tribunal should be given a chance to work

Feb 10th 2021, 3:23 PM 7,365 Views 17 Comments

His comments come after reports that the tribunal has yet to receive a single claim, more than two months after it started its work.

Sinn Féin criticises new weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds
# Pension Age Rise
# Pension Age Rise

Sinn Féin criticises new weekly payment of €203 introduced for 65-year-olds

Feb 10th 2021, 2:42 PM 30,404 Views 61 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald said the plan would cost individuals more than 2,000 euro a year.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 4 February, 2021

'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 9:15 PM 41,950 Views 62 Comments

Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach

Jan 27th 2021, 1:40 PM 16,438 Views 40 Comments

Speaking in Leaders’ Questions, he said “there will be no half-measures from me, as Taoiseach, or from Government”.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 20 January, 2021

Madigan withdraws 'normal children' comments and issues apology for mother and baby home comparison
# Mea Culpa
# Mea Culpa

Madigan withdraws 'normal children' comments and issues apology for mother and baby home comparison

Updated Jan 20th 2021, 4:25 PM 72,119 Views 74 Comments

Teachers union the INTO has called on the Minister to apologise for her latest comments.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 14 January, 2021

AstraZeneca approval will allow vaccinations to ramp up to 100,000 per week in February, says Varadkar
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

AstraZeneca approval will allow vaccinations to ramp up to 100,000 per week in February, says Varadkar

Jan 14th 2021, 1:57 PM 17,258 Views 53 Comments

This week, around 50,000 vaccinations are expected to be completed.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 13 January, 2021

Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Mother and baby home report and government's response is a 'whitewash', says Boyd Barrett

Jan 13th 2021, 1:32 PM 32,027 Views 72 Comments

The Taoiseach said he is concerned his statement yesterday is being presented in a certain light.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 16 December, 2020

Taoiseach told he is living in a world of 'make believe' by ignoring the reality of the housing crisis
# Housing
# Housing

Taoiseach told he is living in a world of 'make believe' by ignoring the reality of the housing crisis

Dec 16th 2020, 2:45 PM 26,295 Views 54 Comments

In Dublin, house prices have decreased by 1.5%, while apartment prices increased by 1%.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 9 December, 2020

Taoiseach says reports of 'exploitation and abuse' of student nurses should be investigated
# Nurses Pay
# Nurses Pay

Taoiseach says reports of 'exploitation and abuse' of student nurses should be investigated

Dec 9th 2020, 1:18 PM 19,169 Views 36 Comments

Martin specifically referenced testimony raised about a student midwife who comforted a mother who lost a baby.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 8 December, 2020

Taoiseach accuses opposition of 'playing politics' with 'simplistic motion' about student nurses' pay

Taoiseach accuses opposition of 'playing politics' with 'simplistic motion' about student nurses' pay

Dec 8th 2020, 3:47 PM 24,580 Views 77 Comments

Micheál Martin said there should be “no exploitation of any student nurse in any hospital setting”.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 December, 2020

Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine should be free as nine freezer trucks arrive in Ireland
# Vaccine
# Vaccine

Health Minister says Covid-19 vaccine should be free as nine freezer trucks arrive in Ireland

Updated Dec 2nd 2020, 7:55 PM 105,535 Views 140 Comments

The Taoiseach said the low temperature fridges are being stored in Citywest before being distributed around the country.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers

Nov 26th 2020, 3:03 PM 22,842 Views 48 Comments

The Tánaiste said if people borrow money, they have a responsibility to pay it back.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Leo Varadkar 'didn't know the names' of the other people interested in Seamus Woulfe role
# Supreme Court
# Supreme Court

Leo Varadkar 'didn't know the names' of the other people interested in Seamus Woulfe role

Nov 19th 2020, 1:44 PM 25,069 Views 46 Comments

The Tánaiste faced numerous question on the ongoing controversy today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Government considering whether to make it mandatory for a person to restrict their movements
# Legally Enforceable
# Legally Enforceable

Government considering whether to make it mandatory for a person to restrict their movements

Nov 5th 2020, 4:33 PM 106,776 Views 63 Comments

Varadkar said it is under consideration for “certain circumstances”.

Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'

Nov 5th 2020, 2:09 PM 28,893 Views 45 Comments

Leo Varadkar says he does not “as standard” retain text messages, but retains official emails

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes
# Rural Independent Group
# Rural Independent Group

'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes

Oct 6th 2020, 5:20 PM 92,604 Views 66 Comments

Taoiseach Micheál Martin subsequently apologised to Michael Healy-Rae.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error
# Leaving Cert Controversy
# Leaving Cert Controversy

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

Oct 1st 2020, 1:42 PM 30,269 Views 45 Comments

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel
# Penalised
# Penalised

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel

Jul 28th 2020, 3:22 PM 14,363 Views 51 Comments

A number of concerns about how welfare payments were cut if citizens travelled abroad have been raised.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Tánaiste says there is no guarantee that pubs will reopen on 10 August
# Time Please
# Time Please

Tánaiste says there is no guarantee that pubs will reopen on 10 August

Jul 16th 2020, 1:25 PM 50,558 Views 119 Comments

“There’s a big difference between Portmagee and Dame Lane,” said TD Michael Healy Rae.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit

Jul 9th 2020, 1:58 PM 25,101 Views 41 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty raised the issue of the banks charging interest on mortgages that have availed of pandemic payment breaks.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly'
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly'

Jul 8th 2020, 1:54 PM 17,926 Views 29 Comments

Some 1,500 Debenhams workers in Ireland have lost their jobs.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death
# Ultan Meehan
# Ultan Meehan

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death

Jul 7th 2020, 3:59 PM 65,496 Views 22 Comments

Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks
# Emergency Departments
# Emergency Departments

'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks

Nov 26th 2019, 3:34 PM 8,888 Views 12 Comments

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin hit out against the Taoiseach today stating that waiting lists for children are “quite shocking”.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney

Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney

Nov 7th 2019, 12:29 PM 18,075 Views 66 Comments

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary told the Tánaiste that “Good media is dying on the vine while you whistle by the graveyard”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

TDs must be in designated seats for Dáil votes to take place for time being, Ceann Comhairle says
# Votegate
# Votegate

TDs must be in designated seats for Dáil votes to take place for time being, Ceann Comhairle says

Oct 22nd 2019, 3:24 PM 8,742 Views 13 Comments

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl addressed the Dáil on the matter before Leaders’ Questions today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Taoiseach says it would have been a sign of 'bad faith' had Johnson not distanced himself from Brexit non-papers
# Brexit
# Brexit

Taoiseach says it would have been a sign of 'bad faith' had Johnson not distanced himself from Brexit non-papers

Oct 1st 2019, 3:08 PM 19,539 Views 11 Comments

The Taoiseach’s comments come after reports that the UK’s proposal to replace the backstop is a series of customs posts.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport
# PSC
# PSC

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

Updated Sep 18th 2019, 4:42 PM 23,865 Views 50 Comments

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

# leaders-questions - Sunday 28 July, 2019

Eamon Ryan interview: 'Sometimes Leo's inner neo-liberal comes out'
# Green Agenda
# Green Agenda

Eamon Ryan interview: 'Sometimes Leo's inner neo-liberal comes out'

Jul 28th 2019, 9:00 PM 23,674 Views 36 Comments

The Green Party leader spoke to TheJournal.ie while on a clean up in Donnybrook.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'
# Child Protection
# Child Protection

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Jun 20th 2019, 1:14 PM 8,594 Views 0 Comments

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Mary Lou McDonald asks Michael Noonan to clarify if he described Majella Moynihan case as 'internal garda matter'
# Gardaí
# Gardaí

Mary Lou McDonald asks Michael Noonan to clarify if he described Majella Moynihan case as 'internal garda matter'

Jun 18th 2019, 3:25 PM 35,513 Views 129 Comments

Noonan was minister for justice during the period Majella Moynihan faced censure.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Taoiseach says final tender for broadband plan is 'many multiples' of the original estimated cost
# National Broadband Plan
# National Broadband Plan

Taoiseach says final tender for broadband plan is 'many multiples' of the original estimated cost

Feb 27th 2019, 1:17 PM 19,845 Views 93 Comments

The Taoiseach said he will make a decision on the final bidder before Easter.

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