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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

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?

Sat 9:49 AM 49,620 Views 102 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

Fri 5:33 PM 18,579 Views 26 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.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 23 September, 2021

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister
# New York
# New York

Families and children of public figures are 'not fair game', says minister

Thu 8:00 PM 20,628 Views 18 Comments

Coveney said he was not sure whether legislation to tackle protests at the homes of politicians would be possible.

Tánaiste hints at minimum wage increase due to rising cost of living
# Budget 2022
# Budget 2022

Tánaiste hints at minimum wage increase due to rising cost of living

Thu 5:54 PM 22,516 Views 39 Comments

The national minimum wage is €10.20 per hour

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 22 September, 2021

Call for new laws as group that protested at Tánaiste's home pledges to target every politician
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Call for new laws as group that protested at Tánaiste's home pledges to target every politician

Wed 12:05 AM 48,722 Views 70 Comments
  • Individuals who organised and attended these protests have pledged to continue with these types of demonstrations on a weekly basis, Michelle Hennessy reports.
  • The demonstrations have been widely condemned by both government and opposition politicians.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 21 September, 2021

Leo Varadkar: 'We need to balance that one person's rent is another person's income'
# Housing
# Housing

Leo Varadkar: 'We need to balance that one person's rent is another person's income'

Updated Tue 6:35 PM 83,015 Views 111 Comments

The Taoiseach defended the government’s policy of linking rent increases to inflation.

Redundancy scheme announced for workers laid off during pandemic
# Redundancy Package
# Redundancy Package

Redundancy scheme announced for workers laid off during pandemic

Updated Tue 1:26 PM 21,787 Views 8 Comments

The State will make a special payment of up to a maximum of €1,860 under the scheme.

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'

Tue 1:09 PM 19,228 Views 16 Comments

Affected homeowners are seeking 100% of the costs associated with fixing their homes.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 17 September, 2021

Government to consider limiting the time period an employer can put a worker on probation
# Working Conditions
# Working Conditions

Government to consider limiting the time period an employer can put a worker on probation

Sep 17th 2021, 6:15 AM 23,366 Views 5 Comments

The Tánaiste said he wants to ensure reasonable periods of notice are given to employees when their work is unpredictable in nature.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 16 September, 2021

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Sep 16th 2021, 5:30 PM 14,125 Views 13 Comments

Varadkar said the Department of Housing has also received requests from local authorities in Sligo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to engage in the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.

Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour
# Rumours
# Rumours

Varadkar says SF TD who named Harris as leaker has no evidence and was just repeating a rumour

Updated Sep 16th 2021, 2:14 PM 32,146 Views 63 Comments
  • TD Matt Carthy claims a junior Fine Gael minister operated a 'sting operation' to uncover the leaker
  • Minister Simon Harris says Carthy's claims are untrue
  • Harris says he will 'consider very strongly" reporting the Carthy to the Oireachtas Committee on Procedure and Privileges

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 September, 2021

Longer opening hours for pubs and nightclubs under new laws, as publicans call for 5am closing time
# Time Please
# Time Please

Longer opening hours for pubs and nightclubs under new laws, as publicans call for 5am closing time

Sep 15th 2021, 12:17 PM 81,141 Views 87 Comments

A memo gone to Cabinet today sets out that the country’s licensing laws need to be updated as some date back to the 19th century.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 14 September, 2021

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

Simon Coveney ’embarrassed’ by Katherine Zappone fiasco

Updated Sep 14th 2021, 4:50 PM 44,079 Views 124 Comments

Sinn Féin is set to table a motion of no confidence in Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney tomorrow.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 13 September, 2021

Pension and social welfare payment rises on the cards for next month's Budget
# Fine Gael Think-In
# Fine Gael Think-In

Pension and social welfare payment rises on the cards for next month's Budget

Sep 13th 2021, 4:45 PM 44,555 Views 58 Comments

The Social Protection Minister said ‘very difficult decisions’ around the State pension will have to be made.

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'
# Reset
# Reset

As Fine Gael think-in begins, Varadkar and ministers apologise to their party for 'bad summer'

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 3:30 PM 36,608 Views 87 Comments

The FG leader said it was time to “refresh, regroup and reset”.

No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term
# Testing
# Testing

No plans to change current testing regime, but contact screening to be reduced in longer-term

Updated Sep 13th 2021, 1:58 PM 23,763 Views 49 Comments
  • The HSE says there are no current plans to change the existing testing regime.
  • However, an internal discussion paper suggested those with mild symptoms may be able to forego a test.
  • Close contact testing will likely be scaled back in the future if the pandemic recedes to an epidemic.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 7 September, 2021

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation
# Zapponegate
# Zapponegate

'A crisis in FOI': How Zapponegate highlighted crucial flaws in Ireland's transparency legislation

Sep 7th 2021, 12:05 AM 16,634 Views 14 Comments
  • Latest episode in controversy has seen concerns raised by journalists, transparency activists and opposition TDs, Stephen McDermott writes.
  • Simon Coveney set to appear before Oireachtas committee this morning, following admission last week that he deleted text messages.
  • Department of Foreign Affairs published 111 records relating to proposed Zappone appointment yesterday on foot of numerous FOI requests.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 September, 2021

UK announces further extensions on post-Brexit grace periods
# Brexit
# Brexit

UK announces further extensions on post-Brexit grace periods

Updated Sep 6th 2021, 7:13 PM 30,500 Views 31 Comments

The European Commission said it “will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol”.

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar didn't use the government jet to fly to or from his UK trip
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

Debunked: No, Leo Varadkar didn't use the government jet to fly to or from his UK trip

Sep 6th 2021, 5:12 PM 42,669 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar was in London for a music festival, but he did not leave at the weekend and is currently still there for a trade mission.

Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach
# Transparency
# Transparency

Future special envoys should be appointed through open competition, says Taoiseach

Sep 6th 2021, 2:54 PM 9,852 Views 26 Comments

The Department of Foreign Affairs is expected to publish documents today relating to Katherine Zappone’s role.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 5 September, 2021

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says
# James Lawless
# James Lawless

Taoiseach must 'stamp his authority' and put an end to Zappone row, Fianna Fáil TD says

Sep 5th 2021, 3:27 PM 25,664 Views 55 Comments

James Lawless described the controversy as a “Fine Gael mess” and insisted: “There’s not a single Fianna Fail-er near this.”

Varadkar criticised for attending music festival in London on Electric Picnic weekend
# Mighty Hoopla
# Mighty Hoopla

Varadkar criticised for attending music festival in London on Electric Picnic weekend

Updated Sep 5th 2021, 12:03 PM 112,543 Views 343 Comments

A spokeswoman said the Tánaiste is currently in the UK “on private time, where such events are allowed”.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 4 September, 2021

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says
# Merriongate
# Merriongate

‘Comprehensive’ information will clarify Zappone appointment, Taoiseach says

Sep 4th 2021, 3:10 PM 14,047 Views 48 Comments

Micheál Martin denied the row is proving a distraction to the Government.

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?
# Merrion Gate
# Merrion Gate

Explainer: Why are people still talking about the Zappone/Coveney/Varadkar controversy?

Sep 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 32,278 Views 83 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar, Simon Coveney and Katherine Zappone have been drawn back into controversy this week.
  • Developments included deleted and revealed texts, FOI requests and an Oireachtas committee.
  • Orla Dwyer takes a look back at what happened in late July and what the situation is now.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 2 September, 2021

Donaldson tells Varadkar NI Protocol is ‘causing damage to political stability’
# The North
# The North

Donaldson tells Varadkar NI Protocol is ‘causing damage to political stability’

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 9:24 PM 28,282 Views 45 Comments

The Tanaiste met with Jeffrey Donaldson to assess post-Brexit arrangements and Covid recovery.

'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate
# Disagreed
# Disagreed

'You're trying to say an apple's an orange': Martin and Varadkar want perspective on Zapponegate

Sep 2nd 2021, 7:10 PM 17,917 Views 37 Comments

The Tánaiste said he regrets going “anywhere near” the Merrion Hotel event.

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
# Merrion
# Merrion

Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy

Updated Sep 2nd 2021, 5:28 PM 42,425 Views 115 Comments

The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 1 September, 2021

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney
# Spelling It Out
# Spelling It Out

'Is it definitely legal?' - Varadkar releases screengrabs of his texts with Zappone and Coveney

Updated Sep 1st 2021, 9:38 PM 109,598 Views 85 Comments
  • New screenshots show conversations between Leo Varadkar with Katherine Zappone and Simon Coveney in July.
  • The Tánaiste and Zappone discussed her event at the Merrion Hotel, including whether it was "definitely legal".
  • She asked the Tánaiste if he had heard anything about her prospective appointment as a UN Special Envoy.
Varadkar meeting political leaders in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit and Covid recovery
# The North
# The North

Varadkar meeting political leaders in Northern Ireland to discuss Brexit and Covid recovery

Sep 1st 2021, 7:00 PM 8,598 Views 11 Comments

The Tánaiste is meeting Sinn Féin Finance Minister Conor Murphy and DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 20 August, 2021

No sanctions against car insurers over alleged pricing practices despite five-year probe
# Consumer Watchdog
# Consumer Watchdog

No sanctions against car insurers over alleged pricing practices despite five-year probe

Aug 20th 2021, 1:55 PM 13,268 Views 42 Comments

Pearse Doherty said the consumer watchdog needs expanded powers to deal with competition law breaches.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 10 August, 2021

Paschal Donohoe says he 'absolutely accepts' Leo Varadkar's explanations about 'Merrion Gate'
# Taxation Report
# Taxation Report

Paschal Donohoe says he 'absolutely accepts' Leo Varadkar's explanations about 'Merrion Gate'

Aug 10th 2021, 1:49 PM 24,747 Views 68 Comments

Donohoe also said today that he was invited to the event but was out of the country when it took place.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 9 August, 2021

Eamon Ryan 'regrets' controversy caused by Zappone and Green Party events
# Guidelines
# Guidelines

Eamon Ryan 'regrets' controversy caused by Zappone and Green Party events

Aug 9th 2021, 10:55 AM 31,334 Views 76 Comments

“In hindsight, in terms of maintaining public confidence, I’d prefer had we not attended those events,” the minister said today.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 8 August, 2021

'Further clarity' was needed on guidelines after Zappone event, Taoiseach says
# Merrion Gate
# Merrion Gate

'Further clarity' was needed on guidelines after Zappone event, Taoiseach says

Aug 8th 2021, 2:24 PM 37,961 Views 91 Comments

Micheál Martin issued his first comments today about the event which was attended by 50 people including Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 6 August, 2021

Varadkar insists Merrion event was lawful and was probably within Fáilte guidelines
# It's Complicated
# It's Complicated

Varadkar insists Merrion event was lawful and was probably within Fáilte guidelines

Aug 6th 2021, 6:24 PM 48,532 Views 145 Comments

It’s the first time the Tánaiste has spoken publicly since it was revealed he attended Zappone’s 50-person gathering in July.

Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines
# New Rules
# New Rules

Live music allowed in outdoor settings under updated hospitality guidelines

Aug 6th 2021, 11:29 AM 45,146 Views 108 Comments
  • The update comes after advice from the Attorney General, Órla Ryan reports
  • The latest update comes amid controversy over an event organised by former minister Katherine Zappone
  • Weddings fall under a different regulation and have an upper limit of 100 guests

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 5 August, 2021

Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'
# Covid Guidelines
# Covid Guidelines

Merrion Gate: Taoiseach and Tánaiste called on to explain 'grubby little episode'

Updated Aug 5th 2021, 5:42 PM 54,220 Views 103 Comments

The government yesterday said that outdoor events of up to 200 people can take place.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 4 August, 2021

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure
# Merrion Hotel
# Merrion Hotel

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure

Updated Aug 4th 2021, 5:46 PM 121,249 Views 223 Comments
  • Political pressure has mounted since it emerged Zappone held an event for 50 people before being appointed.
  • The Merrion Hotel, where the event was hosted, said that all Covid-19 guidelines were followed at the event.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has released a statement saying he was only in attendance for 45 minutes.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy

Jul 28th 2021, 12:40 PM 56,975 Views 124 Comments

Varadkar said Zappone approached Coveney about the position.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 23 July, 2021

Varadkar says steep rise in case numbers expected but 'we won't have to reimpose restrictions'
# Delta Wave
# Delta Wave

Varadkar says steep rise in case numbers expected but 'we won't have to reimpose restrictions'

Jul 23rd 2021, 2:25 PM 21,478 Views 58 Comments

The link between case numbers and hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths has been “significantly weakened”, he said.

Regulations and guidance for indoor dining will be ready today or over the weekend, says Tánaiste
# Pubs And Restaurants
# Pubs And Restaurants

Regulations and guidance for indoor dining will be ready today or over the weekend, says Tánaiste

Jul 23rd 2021, 1:46 PM 8,860 Views 11 Comments

A meeting involving the hospitality industry and government officials is taking place today.

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