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# leo-varadkar - Saturday 17 October, 2020

The Taoiseach says we 'weren't ready' for Level 5 two weeks ago, the question is are we now?

Michael Martin will meet Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan about that very question later today.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 16 October, 2020

Employees could be given a legal right to request home working, Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the idea is being considered as part of a public consultation.

DPD Ireland to create 700 new jobs across the country

The permanent jobs will be created before the end of the year.

From The42 No GAA championships if country moves to Level 5, says Leo Varadkar Warning

No GAA championships if country moves to Level 5, says Leo Varadkar

The 2020 inter-county season resumes this weekend.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 October, 2020

Varadkar says health advice stands whether at 'Level 1,2,3,4,5 or 26' as opposition criticises 'utter confusion'

Varadkar said people outside the three counties at Level 4 should not be complacent.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 14 October, 2020

Tánaiste indicates PUP may not be cut in February if pandemic doesn't improve

The PUP is set to be cut again in February with the rate of payment due to be reduced from €250 to €203.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 October, 2020

Leo Varadkar says 'third wave' considerations played into €5.4 billion contingency funding

Varadkar also said that any decision on whether the country would move to a Level 4 lockdown would be taken on Friday.

Explainer: How will the government's new Covid support scheme for businesses work?

Applications for the scheme will open next week.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 11 October, 2020

Taoiseach casts doubt on idea of 'circuit break' lockdown to curb Covid-19 spread

The Tánaiste wrote in today’s Sunday Independent that numerous considerations must be made before opting for a second lockdown.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 8 October, 2020

'It certainly wasn't Stephen Donnelly': Taoiseach says health minister didn't leak NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Donnelly is to make a statement about the sequence of events prior to NPHET’s Level 5 recommendation later today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

CMO spoke to Health Minister before and after NPHET's Level 5 recommendation

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said the Level 5 recommendation “came out of the blue” on Sunday.

Level 3 enforcement: Taoiseach declines to give timeline on when fines could be introduced but says options will be discussed this week

The Covid sub-committee met this morning to discuss enforcement of Level 3 restrictions.

NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors

Varadkar floated the idea of fines with examples given such as a €50 fine for not wearing a mask.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'

The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.

Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up'

The idea had been mooted recently for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion' Nphet This post contains videos

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'

NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 5 October, 2020

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says

Leo Varadkar said the government and NPHET “have to get back on the same page”.

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 4 October, 2020

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in

One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'

Making the tough decisions in government during a pandemic is not easy, says O’Callaghan.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 1 October, 2020

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

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

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 28 September, 2020

Former junior minister won't engage 'in any lobbying activities' for 12 months as CEO of funds sector lobby group

D’Arcy is set to resign his Seanad seat to become chief executive of the Irish Association of Investment Management.

Mortgage payment break scheme will not be extended, Government confirms

The Tánaiste said the banks agreed that solutions for those unable to resume full payments would be applied on a case-by-case basis.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness'

The Department of Business expressed concern about the liability for the State and businesses.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Proposed EU traffic light system for air travel 'is still a bit up in the air', says Tánaiste

Varadkar said he is worried about Cork and Shannon airports bouncing back from Covid.

Leo Varadkar restricting his movements after being in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 case

An official in the Department of Business tested positive for Covid yesterday.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic

Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements

Martin said Cabinet intends to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment “under review”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 18 September, 2020

Dubliners advised they can meet up with up to six people from another household in a public park

Dublin is to be moved to Level 3 of Covid-19 restrictions for the next three weeks.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 17 September, 2020

'We're taking action early': Varadkar says EU capitals have not imposed the kind of restrictions Dublin is facing

Dublin is expected to be placed on Level Three before the weekend.

Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said meat barons are playing with people’s lives.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

National 'Living with Covid' plan to be announced this morning, but Dublin pubs reopening to be paused again

It’s expected a press conference outlining the measures will take place after ministers meet at 8am.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 14 September, 2020

Varadkar warns of restrictions in Dublin over ‘worrying’ rise in Covid-19 cases

There has been a 20-fold increase in the incidence rate of the virus in Dublin over the last few weeks, the Tánaiste said.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Public health experts must justify any proposed restrictions for Dublin if they're more 'drastic' than other EU cities

Ireland needs to look to other EU countries and how they are handling spikes, says Tánaiste.

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas

Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Ireland may lose travel connectivity “for up to 4 years” if “strict” travel rules are not relaxed.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 7 September, 2020

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