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Tuesday 31 January 2023 Dublin: 6°C

# Leo Varadkar

# nursing home charges
Varadkar defends controversial 'legal strategy' for limiting nursing home payouts
Opposition parties have called on the Government to release documents relating to the strategy.
The government has confirmed the legal strategy existed to block refunds to nursing home residents and that the plan was "pursued by successive governments".
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar agreed with the policy, calling it a "sound policy approach" and "legitimate legal strategy".
Wexford TD Verona Murphy told The Journal that some families who have contacted her feel "aggrieved" at the legal strategy, as they made sacrifices in order to pay for the nursing home care.
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
# Explainer
Nursing home charges: What is the controversy about and how has the Government responded?
A 2011 memo stated that the liability from these incorrect charges could amount to €12 billion.
# accommodation crisis
Ukraine Cabinet committee to assess if Ireland aligns with refugee supports offered by other EU countries
Ministers are to discuss the critical nature of refugee accommodation.
# Fine Gael
Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin confirms he will not stand in next General Election
Griffin confirmed he would not contest the next General Election to Radio Kerry this morning.
Yesterday
30th January 2023
# Nursing Home
Release of documents on illegal nursing home charges to be discussed by government
A Dáil debate on the nursing home refunds controversy has been delayed by week.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# housing for all
Taoiseach admits Govt missed 2022 social housing targets
Leo Varadkar also reiterated that there would be no “cliff edge” for cost-of-living supports.
# ring ring
Varadkar reiterates need to avoid hard border on island of Ireland during phonecall with Sunak
During the conversation, the Taoiseach repeated the need for a solution which avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Did the state build more social housing in 2022 than ever before, as Taoiseach claimed?
“We’ve never built more social housing than was the case of the past year,” The Taoiseach said.
This month
January 2023
# tax treatment
NBC top execs warned Martin and Varadkar that Ireland could miss out on big movie productions
Movie executives urged Martin and Varadkar to review movie-making tax treatment, as culture minister makes case for €100m tax cap.
# Northern Ireland
Leo Varardkar says he has 'regrets' over NI Protocol as latest Stormont deadline passes
The Taoiseach said he understands why unionists feel that the protocol has “weakened the union”.
# Davos
Varadkar says Ireland will be affected by Microsoft job losses
Varadkar is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos this week.
# Davos
Taoiseach says some billionaires are all 'fur coat and no knickers'
Varadkar will be in Davos for three days this week.
# Cost of Living
Rate of inflation drops slightly to 8.2% in the year to December
That’s down from an increase of 8.9% in the 12 months to November 2022.
# open all hours
Housing, healthcare, cost-of-living and late-night pub opening on the agenda as Dáil returns
Varadkar looking for a ‘fresh start’ to his tenure as Taoiseach as he tries to shake up Govt priorities.
# Northern Ireland
Sinn Féin should reconsider stance on all-party talks with UK Govt, says Donaldson
The decision to exclude McDonald from the talks has been criticised by the Government and Sinn Féin.
# Let's talk
Taoiseach hopes agreement on NI Protocol can be reached to restore power sharing
The Taoiseach is due to meet with leaders of multiple parties later today.
Tánaiste Micheál Martin met with Northern Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris earlier this morning in Hillsborough.
Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald criticised the UK Government for denying her access to talks yesterday.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson told the BBC that the UK and EU were not "anywhere close to a deal".
Explainer: What's the latest with Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations?
Taoiseach: 'No cliff edge to cost-of-living supports at the end of February'
Discussions will take place in the coming weeks on what further supports will be needed.
# Border controls
Taoiseach says Govt will be examining tougher border controls to prevent illegal immigration
The Taoiseach said that there had been a significant increase in the number of International Protection applicants last year.
# Ukraine
Modular houses to come on stream as Cabinet briefed on refugee accommodation crisis
Many hotels currently under contract with the Department of Integration will revert to tourist trade in March and April.
# Housing Crisis
Landlord tax breaks 'not off the table' as judgement call to be made before end of March
At a summit with housing stakeholders held yesterday in Government Buildings, a number of proposals are understood to have been put forward to benefit landlords.
# Ukraine
Taoiseach invited to visit Ukraine by Zelenskyy following first call
The call between the two leaders took place this evening.
# eu-uk relations
Explainer: What's the latest with Brexit and Northern Ireland Protocol negotiations?
An agreement on data sharing was reached by the UK and EU yesterday.
# Ballymun
'No place for racism of any form': Leo Varadkar criticises anti-refugee protests in Ballymun
The protests have taken place over the last three days.
# Opinion Poll
Sinn Féin remain most popular party despite small drop in support as Fine Gael regain ground
The latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks poll shows the state of the parties.
# anne rabbitte
'Here is some s**t for you': Man refuses to apologise for incident where bag was 'thrown' at Govt TDs
It comes after Minister of State Anne Rabbitte and Fine Gael TD Ciarán Cannon had cow dung thrown at them during a public meeting this week.
# Protocol
Mistakes were made on all sides in handling of Brexit, Varadkar says
The Taoiseach said he will be as flexible and reasonable as possible when attempting to solve issues with the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# pandemic
Covid-19 inquiry 'should not be about pointing fingers' – Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar said he hopes to have an inquiry into the handling of the pandemic up and running this year.
# Cost of Living
Government to consider extending cost-of-living support measures beyond February
Varadkar said he wanted to avoid a ‘cliff edge’ scenario when a series of schemes and reductions are scheduled to stop.
# Leo Varadkar
Taoiseach claims Sinn Féin-led government would mean ‘fewer jobs and lower incomes’
Leo Varadkar said there was concern in the business community about the potential for Sinn Féin in government.
Last year
2022
# Housing
Covid-style response must be adopted to tackle housing crisis, says Varadkar
The Taoiseach said the Government needs to turn the corner on housing as it is causing inter-generational division.
# Tax Cuts
Varadkar not 'hung up' on proposed 30% income tax rate
The Taoiseach initially proposed the tax rate earlier this year.
# Peacekeeping
No immediate plans for Taoiseach to visit Lebanon following deadly attack on Irish peacekeepers
Leo Varadkar said that he hoped to fit in a visit “sometime next year”.
# drug policy
'No view' on cannabis legalisation, says Varadkar as Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected in 2023
He said that “the public are ahead of the politicians” on issues like drugs policy and abortion.
# Housing
Taoiseach keen to see more modular homes built to tackle housing crisis
Houses built off site in factories have already been used to accommodate Ukrainian refugees in Ireland.
# Housing Crisis
Taoiseach to meet experts in housing in the coming weeks as Govt attempt to kick-start acceleration plan
So are we heading Housing for All 2.0?
# Junior Ministers
Reshuffle: Two new Fine Gael junior ministers as Frank Feighan and Colm Brophy dropped
Chief Whip Hildegarde Naughton has been given the drugs brief.
# taoisigh
Quiz: How much do you know about things that rotate?
Rotating is in vogue right now.
AS IT HAPPENED
Varadkar says he has a ‘burning desire’ to bring hope as he's elected Taoiseach
Here’s how the day played out.
# Interview
McDonald didn't want to give 'credibility to this façade' by putting name forward for Taoiseach
When nominations were being made in the Dail today, Sinn Fein did not put forward McDonald’s name
# taoiseach rotation
'The honour of a lifetime': Micheál Martin resigns as Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar will take over the role of Taoiseach later today.