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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Today’s News

'I will fight this with everything I've got': Theresa May to face confidence vote in her leadership tonight

A ballot will be held between 6pm and 8pm this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

Taoiseach vows to close loophole that allows €1.3bn mortgage 'vehicle' not to pay tax

Last week, PTSB bank bosses confirmed that the ‘special purpose vehicle’ which more than 6,000 of its mortgages have been transferred to will be exempt from tax.

Coveney says there's 'a lot of pushing and shoving' going on in relation to Brexit, but the EU has Ireland's back

He added that a no-deal Brexit is “still very unlikely … despite all the political chaos”.

Theresa May to meet Leo Varadkar in Dublin tomorrow

Brexit will, of course, be at the top of the agenda.

Taoiseach tells Mary Lou that talking about a border poll now is 'disruptive and destructive'

The Sinn Féin leader said a “crash” no-deal Brexit moves the timeline for a border poll on a united Ireland forward.

Simon Coveney: 'Renegotiating a deal that took two years to agree on doesn't seem realistic'

Jean-Claude Juncker said there’s “no room whatsoever for the renegotiation” of the Brexit deal.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 10 December, 2018

Varadkar and Tusk both say Brexit deal CAN'T be renegotiated

Theresa May has a fight on her hands.

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

Theresa May in final bid to win support ahead of tomorrow's vote

European Court of Justice ruled today that Britain can reverse the Brexit process.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 7 December, 2018

'Is the HSE fit for purpose?' Not as the organisation is now, says Varadkar

Varadkar also told Tubridy that he finds children living in emergency accommodation “offensive”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 5 December, 2018

'It's our job to question everyone': PAC says probe into president's spending was 'legitimate'

The committee got into hot water before the presidential election when it decided to review the spending of the Office of the President of Ireland.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 4 December, 2018

'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints Drink Driving Laws This post contains videos

'Two pints was their only social outlet': Healy Rae says mass goers are being disrupted by Garda checkpoints

The Taoiseach said he would not apologise for an increase in Garda checkpoints around the country.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 1 December, 2018

World AIDS Day marked by 'Know Your Status' campaign

In Ireland, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took a HIV test to raise awareness of the virus.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 30 November, 2018

Taoiseach tells new gardaí: 'Your loyalty is not to the person in the uniform. It is to the uniform and all that it stands for'

A change in the culture of gardaí in which ‘no-one ever hesitates in speaking truth to power’ is needed, according to Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 29 November, 2018

Calls for a Cold Weather Payment for severe weather to be introduced

In Northern Ireland, the Cold Weather Payment scheme kicks in when the temperature falls below zero degrees for seven days.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 28 November, 2018

Homeless figures to show fall in children in emergency accommodation, but rise in individuals presenting

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Dáil the figures will show a reduction in the number of families presenting as homeless in Dublin.

'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)

Leo Varadkar broke Dáil rules today by holding up a poster in the chamber.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 27 November, 2018

Contingency plans for a no-deal 'hard Brexit' scenario approved by ministers

3,000 job applications for 600 customs positions have been received.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 26 November, 2018

Taoiseach meets with Orange Order reps to discuss needs of Protestant communities at the border

The Taoiseach met with the grand secretary of the Orange Lodge Reverend Mervyn Gibson.

Prospect of second Brexit referendum is something UK will have to decide for themselves, says Taoiseach

Following yesterday’s summit, the focus now shifts to the UK Prime Minister who is beginning an intensive campaign to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years'

The group, who all lived in the Protestant mother and baby home, hope the letter will lead to some progress in their case.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 23 November, 2018

Surf's up! Government announces plans to open Ireland's first surfing centre of excellence

Fáilte Ireland have provided €1m in funding to open the centre on Strandhill promenade.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 21 November, 2018

Dáil backs Brexit deal without need for vote Symbolic This post contains videos

Dáil backs Brexit deal without need for vote

Leo Varadkar said Ireland ‘deeply regrets but respects’ Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Taoiseach: 'Householders will have to pay more to fill their cars, for electricity and gas under carbon tax hikes'

Varadkar said the increase in carbon taxes will be needed over the next number of years.

Brexit waltz moves on as May heads to Brussels for tea and Varadkar hopes Dáil sings from same hymn sheet

Leo Varadkar is hoping for more parliamentary support than his British counterpart.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

How we could be on course for a referendum on water supply

The aim would be to retain public ownership of any company charged with responsibility for the supply of water services

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 18 November, 2018

Taoiseach denies early election plan and accuses Fianna Fáil of dragging out agreement talks

The war of words between the two main parties continues, but Varadkar said he still wants a 2020 general election.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 17 November, 2018

Martin tells Fine Gael: 'Don't give us any lectures about responsible politics'

Martin was responding after Fine Gael aimed barbs at Fianna Fáil at its Ard Fheis earlier today.

Taoiseach promises to raise top rate of tax to €50k over next five years

In what many are dubbing an election speech, the Taoiseach promised transformational tax reform.

FG warns FF: 'We are election ready. The printing machines are oiled, the photos are taken'

Last night the party members were told to get the constituency candidates ready as an election could happen at any time.

Poll: Is Leo Varadkar doing a good job as Taoiseach? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is Leo Varadkar doing a good job as Taoiseach?

The Fine Gael leader will make his Ard Fheis speech later today.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 16 November, 2018

Varadkar says FG can look proudly to its record in 'caring for families'

Varadkar said Fine Gael is a “compassionate party” that has a role in offering a helping hand to those that need it.

Final say on FG entering coalition government with another party may have to go to a vote

Fine Gael will consider a rule change to allow a special party conference to be convened.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 November, 2018

Fine Gael Ard Fheis to vote on the introduction of a new middle band for income tax

The Ard Fheis will also deal with a number of other motions on Brexit, social welfare, rents, and future referendums.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 14 November, 2018

'One of the better days': Taoiseach says Ireland has achieved 'satisfactory outcome' with Brexit deal

While Ireland didn’t want Brexit, it had set out what it wanted to in negotiations, Varadkar said.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

'Judgement day', 'moment of truth' and 'betrayal': UK front pages react to news of Brexit deal

A Brexit deal is finally in sight, but will May be able to win over the Brexiteers?

Government seeks advice on pursuing Callinan and Taylor for legal damages

The Taoiseach said he would like to see this case taken by Maurice McCabe settled.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 12 November, 2018

Commissioner 'reviewing' decision to fund Callinan's legal defence in McCabe case

Meanwhile Leo Varadkar has said Callinan is not being given a blanket indemnity.

45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance Action Plan This post contains videos

45 women-only posts to be created in third-level education to address gender imbalance

Mary Mitchell O’Connor said the positions will be for world-class academics and are not ‘easy jobs’.

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