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# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 22 June, 2022

Tánaiste expects controversial €200m cheese plant to meet climate concerns as sod is turned
# Kilkenny
# Kilkenny

Tánaiste expects controversial €200m cheese plant to meet climate concerns as sod is turned

Wed 4:32 PM 21,702 Views 15 Comments

The plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and take in milk from 4,500 farmers.

Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect
# Russia
# Russia

Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect

Wed 10:16 AM 26,855 Views 40 Comments

However, the Tánaiste said he doesn’t think the plans will need to be implemented.

High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'
# FEMPI
# FEMPI

High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'

Updated Wed 9:00 AM 44,950 Views 108 Comments

The public servants due to have their pay restored include medical consultants, members of the judiciary and some CEOs.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget

Tue 6:26 PM 33,017 Views 44 Comments

Taoiseach said renters “will be considered” in October’s budget.

Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000

Tue 2:50 PM 36,814 Views 35 Comments

Tánaiste confirmed to The Journal that the finance minister is working on the Budget proposal.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 20 June, 2022

Varadkar: 'I'm entitled to a due process and the presumption of innocence over guilt'
# Dáil Row
# Dáil Row

Varadkar: 'I'm entitled to a due process and the presumption of innocence over guilt'

Mon 7:46 PM 44,264 Views 0 Comments

A senator said conversations that took place in the Dáil last week about arrests and prosecutions were ‘very stigmatising’.

New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'
# Grow Digital
# Grow Digital

New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'

Jun 20th 2022, 6:00 AM 6,839 Views 2 Comments

€10 million will be available in 2022 and it will be administered by Enterprise Ireland.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 17 June, 2022

Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator
# Dail Spat
# Dail Spat

Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator

Jun 17th 2022, 3:36 PM 62,869 Views 116 Comments

Senator Lynn Ruane said words said in the Dáil can target and impact communities.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 16 June, 2022

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda

Updated Jun 16th 2022, 6:08 PM 58,919 Views 0 Comments

An Tánaiste accused the Sinn Féin TD of a “cheap shot” during Leaders’ Questions.

Varadkar 'not ruling out' new cost-of-living measures before Budget

Varadkar 'not ruling out' new cost-of-living measures before Budget

Updated Jun 16th 2022, 3:04 PM 31,878 Views 96 Comments

As things stand, the Tánaiste said the plan is still to wait until budget day in October.

Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste
# Taxi
# Taxi

Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste

Jun 16th 2022, 1:35 PM 20,104 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar said other countries have other options than a taxi.

Leo Varadkar says he hopes RTÉ and Dublin Pride organisers can ‘sort out’ differences
# Liveline
# Liveline

Leo Varadkar says he hopes RTÉ and Dublin Pride organisers can ‘sort out’ differences

Jun 16th 2022, 12:35 PM 12,268 Views 0 Comments

The Tanaiste said “a lot of members of the trans community are very upset” about the Liveline radio discussions.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 June, 2022

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
# Housing
# Housing

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil

Jun 15th 2022, 1:33 PM 16,528 Views 48 Comments

President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 14 June, 2022

'Not right' pay increases for workers should be gobbled up by tax, USC and PRSI, says Varadkar
# Income Tax
# Income Tax

'Not right' pay increases for workers should be gobbled up by tax, USC and PRSI, says Varadkar

Jun 14th 2022, 4:48 PM 30,299 Views 43 Comments

The Tánaiste says it is a Government commitment to index tax bands and credits.

Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage

Updated Jun 14th 2022, 1:28 PM 30,014 Views 73 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced the draft plan today.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 10 June, 2022

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge

Jun 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 21,213 Views 49 Comments
  • A spokesperson for Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that there are no plans to reduce toll charges despite commuters facing crippling price hikes in fuel, reports Christina Finn.
  • Some in Govt circles say they are open to looking at reducing toll charges, but fear that such a proposal would not get past the Greens.
  • One Fine Gael TD says he is in favour of a toll reduction, saying it would help motorists that are under pressure.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 June, 2022

FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?

Jun 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 35,722 Views 0 Comments
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar made the claim last month - so we’ve decided to see whether Ireland has actually done more than the UK.
  • Varadkar said Ireland is "ahead of what’s being done in the United Kingdom” when comparing “like with like”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 26 May, 2022

Varadkar to bring memo to Cabinet next month on introducing a living wage
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Varadkar to bring memo to Cabinet next month on introducing a living wage

May 26th 2022, 10:09 PM 26,172 Views 40 Comments

‘What I want to do is bring in a living wage, do it as quickly as possible, but not in a way that has unintended consequences,’ the Tánaiste said.

Calls for public service staff to be redeployed to deal with high demand for passports
# Passport Delays
# Passport Delays

Calls for public service staff to be redeployed to deal with high demand for passports

May 26th 2022, 7:00 PM 14,209 Views 22 Comments

Minister of State Thomas Byrne said that 25,000 passports are being dispatched every week.

Government to investigate Ukrainian concerns over accommodation centres
# Ukrainian Refugees
# Ukrainian Refugees

Government to investigate Ukrainian concerns over accommodation centres

May 26th 2022, 6:51 PM 22,287 Views 7 Comments

Leo Varadkar said the issues raised by refugees will be looked into.

Varadkar defends Davos trip, says he 'flew commercial and stayed in a four star hotel'
# Alpine Summit
# Alpine Summit

Varadkar defends Davos trip, says he 'flew commercial and stayed in a four star hotel'

May 26th 2022, 4:41 PM 25,496 Views 17 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin were in the Swiss Alpine summit this week.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 24 May, 2022

Varadkar at Davos: 'We will not go into recession, but there will be a slowdown'
# Economy
# Economy

Varadkar at Davos: 'We will not go into recession, but there will be a slowdown'

May 24th 2022, 1:10 PM 28,995 Views 33 Comments

Leo Varadkar is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 May, 2022

Department to explore 'substantial' revisions to remote working bill after criticism
# Home Work
# Home Work

Department to explore 'substantial' revisions to remote working bill after criticism

Updated May 18th 2022, 12:00 PM 36,611 Views 56 Comments

The draft bill has gone down like a “lead balloon” with workers, said Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'

May 12th 2022, 1:37 PM 24,129 Views 44 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 April, 2022

Leo Varadkar says allegations over GP contract leak were 'false' and 'politically motivated'
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Leo Varadkar says allegations over GP contract leak were 'false' and 'politically motivated'

Apr 28th 2022, 8:02 AM 13,437 Views 0 Comments

“I did not commit any crime, I did not do anything corrupt,” the Tánaiste told reporters in California.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 23 April, 2022

Garda file on leaking of GP contract by Tánaiste sent to Director of Public Prosecutions
# Investigation
# Investigation

Garda file on leaking of GP contract by Tánaiste sent to Director of Public Prosecutions

Apr 23rd 2022, 1:54 PM 50,376 Views 0 Comments

The issue was upgraded to a criminal investigation in March 2021.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 14 April, 2022

'We won’t put your granny in prison for burning turf', says Ryan doubling down on no pause comments
# Emissions
# Emissions

'We won’t put your granny in prison for burning turf', says Ryan doubling down on no pause comments

Updated Apr 14th 2022, 12:15 PM 26,136 Views 51 Comments

A plan to prohibit the sale or distribution of turf will be discussed by government after Easter.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 12 April, 2022

Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
# Inflation
# Inflation

Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar

Apr 12th 2022, 6:30 PM 21,682 Views 23 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.

'It's just part of the gig': Varadkar says verbal abuse is common in Irish public life
# Verbal Abuse
# Verbal Abuse

'It's just part of the gig': Varadkar says verbal abuse is common in Irish public life

Apr 12th 2022, 1:56 PM 24,420 Views 41 Comments

Varadkar said that the viral incident occurred last summer while he was out running.

New Government measures will 'more than offset' the increase in carbon tax, says Varadkar
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

New Government measures will 'more than offset' the increase in carbon tax, says Varadkar

Apr 12th 2022, 1:10 PM 16,380 Views 44 Comments

The Tánaiste said that the Government could not fully protect from cost-of-living increases.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 8 April, 2022

Party leaders meeting next week on cost of living package but no ‘big bazooka measure’ expected
# Rising Bills
# Rising Bills

Party leaders meeting next week on cost of living package but no ‘big bazooka measure’ expected

Apr 8th 2022, 2:09 PM 8,152 Views 12 Comments

Varadkar confirmed that Government will bring forward new measures and “nothing is off the table”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 7 April, 2022

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand
# Passport Delays
# Passport Delays

'Significant delays' in processing new passports caused by a surge in demand

Apr 7th 2022, 4:52 PM 25,769 Views 16 Comments

First-time passport applications and children’s passports, particularly for foreign-born children are seeing the longest delays.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 6 April, 2022

To defer or not to defer? Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to debate motions on carbon tax hike
# Carbon Tax
# Carbon Tax

To defer or not to defer? Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to debate motions on carbon tax hike

Updated Apr 6th 2022, 8:30 PM 13,709 Views 44 Comments

There are mixed views in both parties about pressing ahead with the carbon tax hike next month.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 5 April, 2022

Legislation allowing nightclubs stay open later will be ready this year, says Varadkar
# Opening Hours
# Opening Hours

Legislation allowing nightclubs stay open later will be ready this year, says Varadkar

Apr 5th 2022, 4:02 PM 24,168 Views 43 Comments

The Tánaiste says Ireland’s nightlife will match other European cities.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 1 April, 2022

New measures ‘in the mix’ to tackle cost-of-living crisis, Varadkar says
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

New measures ‘in the mix’ to tackle cost-of-living crisis, Varadkar says

Apr 1st 2022, 1:53 PM 28,325 Views 29 Comments

The Tánaiste flagged concerns about potential diesel shortages and a doubling of energy prices.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 25 March, 2022

Leo Varadkar self isolating after positive Covid-19 antigen test
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Leo Varadkar self isolating after positive Covid-19 antigen test

Mar 25th 2022, 11:04 AM 27,153 Views 38 Comments

The CMO has not recommended re-introducing measures to curb the spread of the virus.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 March, 2022

Varadkar: new group to replace NPHET 'imminent' as 21,789 Covid-19 cases reported
# Latest Figures
# Latest Figures

Varadkar: new group to replace NPHET 'imminent' as 21,789 Covid-19 cases reported

Mar 23rd 2022, 4:51 PM 49,999 Views 67 Comments

The latest figures were confirmed by the Department of Health this afternoon.

Michael Healy-Rae denies he made homophobic comment to Tánaiste during Dáil spat yesterday
# Dail Spat
# Dail Spat

Michael Healy-Rae denies he made homophobic comment to Tánaiste during Dáil spat yesterday

Mar 23rd 2022, 4:22 PM 60,752 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar took issue with the term “airy-fairy” and called on Healy-Rae to “reflect on it”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 March, 2022

Ireland’s St Patrick's Day message and theme is being tweaked to reflect the Ukraine crisis
# US Trip
# US Trip

Ireland’s St Patrick's Day message and theme is being tweaked to reflect the Ukraine crisis

Mar 15th 2022, 6:30 AM 13,950 Views 9 Comments

Micheál Martin has decided to evolve the ‘tone and theme’ of the St Patrick’s Day celebrations this week.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 March, 2022

Govt to take further action on rising cost of living before October's Budget, says Varadkar
# Energy Costs
# Energy Costs

Govt to take further action on rising cost of living before October's Budget, says Varadkar

Mar 4th 2022, 2:34 PM 18,881 Views 46 Comments

Varadkar said the cost of living was rising even before the war in Ukraine, and now it has only gotten worse.

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