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Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today
# 100 Years On
# 100 Years On

Commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of Dublin Castle handover taking place today

12 hours ago 12,048 Views 13 Comments

On 16 January 1922 at 1.45pm, the Viceroy of Ireland formally handed over power.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 January, 2022

Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO
# Hospital Figures
# Hospital Figures

Number of patients with Covid in hospital but admitted for other reasons close to 30% - CMO

Wed 6:36 PM 21,561 Views 44 Comments

The HSE is to provide the health minister with details about the patient types included in the Covid hospitalisation numbers.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 11 January, 2022

Govt advised to scrap confirmatory PCR tests for those with positive antigens
# Covid Rules
# Covid Rules

Govt advised to scrap confirmatory PCR tests for those with positive antigens

Updated Tue 10:08 PM 128,112 Views 159 Comments

Changes in Covid isolation rules to be discussed by Cabinet tomorrow.

'No formal decision yet' on St Patrick's Day double bank holiday this year
# Four Day Weekend
# Four Day Weekend

'No formal decision yet' on St Patrick's Day double bank holiday this year

Tue 1:59 PM 27,138 Views 31 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said that “we just haven’t pushed the button yet”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 7 January, 2022

'Decision to ratify the Treaty must have weighed on every single TD back in 1922' - Varadkar
# Anglo Irish Treaty
# Anglo Irish Treaty

'Decision to ratify the Treaty must have weighed on every single TD back in 1922' - Varadkar

Jan 7th 2022, 6:30 AM 12,682 Views 61 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will give a keynote speech today to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 24 December, 2021

Coalition leaders’ personal relationship ‘very good’ – but no festive pints this year
# Three Leaders
# Three Leaders

Coalition leaders’ personal relationship ‘very good’ – but no festive pints this year

Dec 24th 2021, 7:05 AM 15,619 Views 28 Comments

The Taoiseach said the three leaders trust each other, so far.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 17 December, 2021

People aged 40-49 to be offered Covid boosters from 19 December
# Booster Rollout
# Booster Rollout

People aged 40-49 to be offered Covid boosters from 19 December

Dec 17th 2021, 10:09 PM 24,287 Views 36 Comments

It comes after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Digital Covid Certificates will be reissued in January to include booster vaccines.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 December, 2021

Around 1.75 million people will have received a booster by Christmas, says Tánaiste
# Booster Rollout
# Booster Rollout

Around 1.75 million people will have received a booster by Christmas, says Tánaiste

Dec 15th 2021, 10:04 PM 18,570 Views 41 Comments

It is understood that Leo Varadkar made the comment at tonight’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 14 December, 2021

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening
# Omicron
# Omicron

NPHET to brief coalition party leaders this evening

Updated Dec 14th 2021, 7:00 PM 32,872 Views 46 Comments

The meeting this evening takes place prior to NPHET’s meeting on Thursday.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 8 December, 2021

Tánaiste says there will be no blackouts this winter as power stations back online
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste says there will be no blackouts this winter as power stations back online

Dec 8th 2021, 10:25 PM 22,309 Views 43 Comments

It is understood Leo Varadkar made the comment at tonight’s Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 4 December, 2021

Varadkar says public should 'not lose heart' as patient numbers drop below 500
# Hospital Numbers
# Hospital Numbers

Varadkar says public should 'not lose heart' as patient numbers drop below 500

Dec 4th 2021, 1:29 PM 46,326 Views 93 Comments

The Táinaiste says the fall in patient numbers is a sign health measures are working.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 2 December, 2021

Varadkar says hospitality sector is 'taking a hit for the team' as he pledges continued supports
# Christmas Cancellations
# Christmas Cancellations

Varadkar says hospitality sector is 'taking a hit for the team' as he pledges continued supports

Dec 2nd 2021, 2:33 PM 20,151 Views 20 Comments

Varadkar said a decision on financial supports will be made in the coming days.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 26 November, 2021

Penneys to create 700 new jobs with 250 million euro investment
# Penneys
# Penneys

Penneys to create 700 new jobs with 250 million euro investment

Nov 26th 2021, 4:41 PM 18,821 Views 18 Comments

The Tanaiste said the expansion was an enormous vote of confidence in the Irish retail sector.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 25 November, 2021

NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

NPHET recommends facemasks for children aged 9 and older

Updated Nov 25th 2021, 8:40 PM 85,152 Views 123 Comments

Up until now, children aged under 13 have been mostly exempt from having to wear face coverings indoors.

Double bank holiday earmarked for St Patrick's Day weekend next year, says Varadkar
# Bank Holiday
# Bank Holiday

Double bank holiday earmarked for St Patrick's Day weekend next year, says Varadkar

Nov 25th 2021, 1:18 PM 52,038 Views 45 Comments

A permanent bank holiday would then be held on St Brigid’s Day from 2023 onwards.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 23 November, 2021

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

No plans to change validity of Covid Pass to include the booster jab, says Varadkar

Nov 23rd 2021, 8:13 PM 40,035 Views 38 Comments

The Tánaiste said he believes more evidence will emerge that the Covid vaccine is a three-dose vaccine.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 18 November, 2021

'Marginal' change in people's behaviour will bring Covid-19 'under control', Nolan says
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'Marginal' change in people's behaviour will bring Covid-19 'under control', Nolan says

Nov 18th 2021, 9:09 AM 22,005 Views 39 Comments
  • Health officials last night confirmed a further 3,633 cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
  • Leo Varadkar said last night the government will reassess the Covid-19 situation in about two weeks time.
  • "The fundamental message here is we need to act," Nolan said.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 27 October, 2021

All events at Aviva Stadium, including Ireland-Portugal match, to be covered by anti-touting law
# Ticket Touts
# Ticket Touts

All events at Aviva Stadium, including Ireland-Portugal match, to be covered by anti-touting law

Updated Oct 27th 2021, 6:15 PM 28,645 Views 36 Comments

Tickets have appeared online at three times their face value.

New law will ban restaurants and pubs from withholding tips from staff, says Varadkar
# Tips
# Tips

New law will ban restaurants and pubs from withholding tips from staff, says Varadkar

Oct 27th 2021, 5:46 PM 20,307 Views 39 Comments

The Government is set to introduce legislation that will give legal protection to workers’ tips.

New testing regime on the cards for people who can't get the vaccine on medical grounds
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

New testing regime on the cards for people who can't get the vaccine on medical grounds

Oct 27th 2021, 4:35 PM 18,163 Views 22 Comments

People who have not got their second dose cannot use the Covid Pass to access a number of services.

Varadkar indicates Covid vaccine passes could be used for hospital and nursing home visits
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

Varadkar indicates Covid vaccine passes could be used for hospital and nursing home visits

Oct 27th 2021, 3:04 PM 22,228 Views 37 Comments

The Tánaiste said vaccine immunity wanes and ‘that people who are vaccinated can get the virus and can transmit the virus’.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 October, 2021

Covid Cabinet sub committee discuss compliance, antigen tests and boosters
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Covid Cabinet sub committee discuss compliance, antigen tests and boosters

Oct 26th 2021, 8:01 PM 17,737 Views 55 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says there are concerns about the level of infection among healthcare workers and patients in hospital.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 22 October, 2021

Back-to-work protocol updated in wake of decision to delay wide-scale office return
# Remote Working
# Remote Working

Back-to-work protocol updated in wake of decision to delay wide-scale office return

Updated Oct 22nd 2021, 3:45 PM 55,639 Views 28 Comments

Based on advice from NPHET, the Government has decided against scrapping the work-from-home advice.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 21 October, 2021

Leo Varadkar says gardaí and security companies could check if pubs are following Covid rules
# Covid Pass
# Covid Pass

Leo Varadkar says gardaí and security companies could check if pubs are following Covid rules

Oct 21st 2021, 4:50 PM 15,086 Views 72 Comments

Speaking in Brussels today, he said the Government was looking at further options to ensure Covid rules were being followed.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 20 October, 2021

'When were you last in a nightclub, Taoiseach?': Calls for clarity on new rules as talks resume
# Reopening Rules
# Reopening Rules

'When were you last in a nightclub, Taoiseach?': Calls for clarity on new rules as talks resume

Updated Oct 20th 2021, 3:00 PM 37,349 Views 37 Comments
  • It was confirmed yesterday that nightclubs will be allowed to reopen as planned this Friday, 22 October.
  • However, sectoral guidance is still being developed for the industry.
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he accepts that the sector "need clarity".

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 14 October, 2021

'If you have symptoms presume it's Covid': NPHET seeks return to the basics as cases rise
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

'If you have symptoms presume it's Covid': NPHET seeks return to the basics as cases rise

Updated Oct 14th 2021, 12:15 PM 56,019 Views 206 Comments
  • Those who have not been vaccinated are having a “disproportionate” impact on the health service, Dr Ronan Glynn has said.
  • Cabinet is due to meet next Tuesday to decided on the next phase of re-opening.
  • The HSE today warned that it is experiencing the strain of increased Covid-19 hospitalisations

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 13 October, 2021

'No decision' yet on lifting Covid measures as Taoiseach cites 'wrong turn' in virus trajectory
# Reopening
# Reopening

'No decision' yet on lifting Covid measures as Taoiseach cites 'wrong turn' in virus trajectory

Updated Oct 13th 2021, 6:35 PM 75,931 Views 130 Comments

A meeting of senior officials this afternoon heard that Ireland’s Covid-19 situation has taken an unexpected turn.

Tánaiste warns other countries about doing deals with UK until 'they can keep their promises'
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste warns other countries about doing deals with UK until 'they can keep their promises'

Oct 13th 2021, 1:08 PM 24,838 Views 44 Comments

The Tanaiste said comments from Dominic Cummings indicate Boris Johnson’s administration ‘acted in bad faith’.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 12 October, 2021

Employees working at home will be allowed claim back 30% of their energy bills against tax
# Energy Bills
# Energy Bills

Employees working at home will be allowed claim back 30% of their energy bills against tax

Oct 12th 2021, 2:50 PM 24,854 Views 38 Comments

Currently those working at home can only claim 10% against their gas and electricity bills.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 7 October, 2021

Explainer: Why is Ireland about to raise its corporation tax rate from 12.5% to 15%?
# Taxing Matters
# Taxing Matters

Explainer: Why is Ireland about to raise its corporation tax rate from 12.5% to 15%?

Oct 7th 2021, 5:40 PM 19,163 Views 23 Comments
  • After months of negotiating, the Government is expected to sign Ireland up to a new 15% global minimum rate of corporation tax.
  • There is considerable uncertainty about what the changes will mean for the Irish economy and public finances.
  • But it could be 2023 or 2024 by the time the new rules are actually implemented.
Former ministers raise concerns with Varadkar about Budget spending promises
# Budget 2022
# Budget 2022

Former ministers raise concerns with Varadkar about Budget spending promises

Oct 7th 2021, 11:42 AM 13,971 Views 15 Comments

Former minister Charlie Flanagan said there is a need for caution with public money.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 4 October, 2021

Tánaiste commits to closing loopholes that allow people to conceal assets
# Pandora Papers
# Pandora Papers

Tánaiste commits to closing loopholes that allow people to conceal assets

Oct 4th 2021, 6:00 PM 24,409 Views 23 Comments

Reports today say that an empty Dublin office is being used as registered address for 800 limited partnerships listed in the papers.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 3 October, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney pushing to get J1 visa programme reinstated for summer 2022
# Rite Of Passage
# Rite Of Passage

Varadkar and Coveney pushing to get J1 visa programme reinstated for summer 2022

Oct 3rd 2021, 6:45 AM 13,653 Views 12 Comments

The J1 summer visa programme was suspended in response to Covid-19.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 30 September, 2021

Tánaiste defends Attorney General ‘finishing out’ private cases from before his appointment
# Paul Gallagher
# Paul Gallagher

Tánaiste defends Attorney General ‘finishing out’ private cases from before his appointment

Sep 30th 2021, 2:55 PM 17,862 Views 0 Comments

The government gave the Attorney General permission to continue working on several outstanding private legal cases.

Varadkar 'confident' there'll be no winter blackouts 'but nobody can guarantee it'
# ELECTRICITY DEMAND
# ELECTRICITY DEMAND

Varadkar 'confident' there'll be no winter blackouts 'but nobody can guarantee it'

Sep 30th 2021, 1:56 PM 17,163 Views 68 Comments

Questions around the security of Ireland’s electricity supply have been brought into sharp focus.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 28 September, 2021

Poll: When should the extra bank holiday be (if we get one)?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: When should the extra bank holiday be (if we get one)?

Sep 28th 2021, 9:37 AM 59,573 Views 108 Comments

The government is discussing a number of options to reward workers for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.

‘Covid bonus’ would ideally be paid before end of year, Varadkar says
# Bank Holiday
# Bank Holiday

‘Covid bonus’ would ideally be paid before end of year, Varadkar says

Sep 28th 2021, 8:08 AM 39,079 Views 70 Comments

An extra bank holiday and tax credits are among options being considered to reward workers on the front line for their efforts during the pandemic.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 27 September, 2021

Winter Fuel Allowance payment begins this week as govt hints at widening eligibility net
# Thintean Fein
# Thintean Fein

Winter Fuel Allowance payment begins this week as govt hints at widening eligibility net

Sep 27th 2021, 6:21 AM 60,520 Views 15 Comments

The fuel allowance is an additional social welfare payment that is means-tested.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 25 September, 2021

Poll: Should the Government increase the minimum wage in the budget?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Should the Government increase the minimum wage in the budget?

Sep 25th 2021, 9:49 AM 52,281 Views 103 Comments

Leo Varadkar has hinted that the minimum wage must match inflation.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 24 September, 2021

Leo Varadkar's claims on corporation tax changes challenged
# Corporation Tax
# Corporation Tax

Leo Varadkar's claims on corporation tax changes challenged

Sep 24th 2021, 5:33 PM 18,810 Views 28 Comments

Varadkar had said if Ireland signs up to OECD plans for a global minimum rate, it would only apply to firms earning over 750 million US dollars a year.

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