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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

Publicans 'not optimistic' about September reopening as Tánaiste acknowledges their 'sacrifice for society'

Publicans also want the PUP and wage subsidy scheme levels to remain at current rates for closed pubs until they reopen.

'There is no new plan yet': Varadkar says colour-coded Covid system is still being finalised

The new system is being designed to allow the country live with Covid-19 over the coming six months.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 10 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar says he regrets people 'jumping to blame' and 'finger-pointing' over spike in Covid-19 cases

The Tánaiste explained that when the virus starts rising in the community, “you then start seeing clusters popping up all over the place”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 5 August, 2020

'Off the premises by 11': Concern closing pubs and restaurants early will result in house parties and cancelled staycations

It is understood that 11pm closure is not a hard rule for businesses.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 1 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar admits 'rocky start' by government due to 'unforced errors'

The newly formed coalition has been beset by difficulties since it formed at the end of June.

Gaffes, faux pas, blunders: Is there a Final Destination curse on this government?

Micheál Martin will be happy to see the back of these last few weeks.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 31 July, 2020

'I'm embarrassed to be a member of this chamber': Dáil business suspended twice on marathon final day

The late-night sitting saw business stopped twice and a minister vote against the government.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 30 July, 2020

Varadkar hopes pubs can open on 10 August, but 'can't guarantee it at this stage'

Cabinet will meet on Tuesday to discuss the advice from NPHET.

'No mystery': Tánaiste says Foreign Affairs Minister always needs Garda transport when travelling to NI

Varadkar said it hasn’t been an issue because usually the Tánaiste also hold the position of Foreign Affairs Minister.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 29 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar intervened to ensure Simon Coveney kept State car

Labour leader Alan Kelly attacked the government over the issue in the Dáil today.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

Micheál Martin to be paid more as Taoiseach than Varadkar was after 'pay cut'

Martin will be paid almost €1,500 more than Varadkar was in the last government, despite a 10% cut to the official level of pay.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 26 July, 2020

Return of schools will see more teachers, extensive cleaning and PPE, Varadkar says

The Department of Education’s planning document is to be brought to Cabinet tomorrow.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 24 July, 2020

Leo Varadkar on the green list: 'It may not be simple but it is very straightforward'

The Tánaiste said that people can now travel to the green list countries for non-essential reasons.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 23 July, 2020

What's in it for me? — Everything you need to know about the government's July stimulus package

There were few surprises in today’s announcement.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 21 July, 2020

Varadkar says it's wrong to send out 'mixed messages' over foreign travel

The Cabinet is due to sign off on the ‘green list’ of countries this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Harris: 'No indication there is a second wave here, but not pausing Phase Four would be grossly irresponsible'

Ireland is the eighth best country in Europe in relation to Covid-19, says Minister Simon Harris.

Rent freeze to be extended beyond 20 July

It is understood a memo will go to Cabinet on Monday to approve the measures.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 14 July, 2020

NPHET concerns throw plans to reopen bars next week into doubt

Under Phase Four, all pubs, bars, hotel bars and casinos are permitted to reopen.

Tánaiste says €2 billion Credit Guarantee Scheme will be 'up and running' by the autumn

The scheme to help businesses hit by Covid-19 was delayed until a new government was formed.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 11 July, 2020

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar 'doesn't fully trust' the banks not to try to profit during Covid-19 crisis

Varadkar also said that he doesn’t fully trust the banks not to profiteer amid the Covid-19 crisis.

'Harder to switch off' or 'a massive relief': Four months on, how is the daily grind going for those working from home? WFH

'Harder to switch off' or 'a massive relief': Four months on, how is the daily grind going for those working from home?

There was a large and sudden move towards remote working from the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

What to expect in the first 100 days of the new FF-FG-Green government

There are big challenges ahead. Here’s what to look out for.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 July, 2020

No honeymoon period for new government as Dáil set to sit throughout July

There could be four or five day Dáil weeks on the cards for some politicians.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 4 July, 2020

Quarantine to remain as ministers put travel 'green list' on hold beyond 9 July

The ‘green list’ is expected to be published on 20 July.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 3 July, 2020

Covid-19 deaths may have been overestimated, Hiqa report finds

Leo Varadkar said the findings are “interesting but not a surprise” because of how deaths related to the virus are counted.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 30 June, 2020

Varadkar told insurance reform must be top priority as he takes questions on his new brief

Treatment of businesses by insurance companies is “appalling”, Dáil told.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 28 June, 2020

'The idea is to just to try and keep the head above water': The Dublin tourist businesses still in suspended animation

Tour operators are facing down the barrel of a lost summer.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 27 June, 2020

In full: These are your new Cabinet ministers

The new ministerial lineup has been confirmed.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 26 June, 2020

Sinn Féin 'not aware' recently reinstated councillor would be nominated for mayor

The party reinstated Paddy Holohan following a five-month suspension.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 25 June, 2020

School meals for children to be provided over the summer, government confirms

There had been calls for the school meals programme to be extended over the summer.

Government confirms face coverings will be mandatory for passengers on public transport

It follows weeks of criticism that not enough people were wearing face coverings while on public transport.

Coronavirus: Taoiseach gives the green light for Phase Three of re-opening to go ahead from Monday

The announcement was made at Dublin Castle this evening.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe puts name forward for top EU job

Donohoe said it would be a “tremendous honour” to lead the Eurogroup through the challenges ahead.

FactCheck: Does Ireland have the highest Covid-19 infection rate for healthcare workers in the world?

The claim was made by INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 24 June, 2020

'A cop out': Calls for government to take a stand as over 100 Irish politicians sign letter opposing West Bank annexation

The Occupied Territories Bill was dropped from the programme for government at the behest of Fine Gael.

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate Law

Senators to begin High Court action to clarify if Seanad can legislate

Eleven seats in the Seanad are vacant as a new Taoiseach has not yet been elected.

If government deal falls, FF would look to Independents and smaller parties, as the Sinn Féin question is asked again

Postal votes on the programme for government will be counted on Friday.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 23 June, 2020

If PfG is rejected, Micheál Martin says 'there is no Plan B' while Mary Lou McDonald says 'there will have to be talks'

Members of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party are currently voting on a proposed programme for government.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 20 June, 2020

A mix of pragmatism and idealism: What Ireland aims to achieve with its UN Security Council seat

On Wednesday evening, it was announced that Ireland had won a two-year stint on the UN Security Council.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 19 June, 2020

Leo Varadkar quoted Mean Girls in his latest Government Buildings speech

We’ve previously had Seámus Heaney, Dermot Kennedy, Lord of The Rings and even The Terminator.

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