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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 2 September, 2021

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 42,441 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 109,636 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 8,605 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 13,276 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 24,765 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 31,362 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 37,980 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 48,564 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 45,202 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 54,271 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 121,298 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 56,976 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 21,480 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.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Varadkar apologises to those who have had a 'bad experience' with the Digital Covid Cert helpline
# Going Abroad
# Going Abroad

Varadkar apologises to those who have had a 'bad experience' with the Digital Covid Cert helpline

Updated Jul 22nd 2021, 4:58 PM 26,839 Views 65 Comments

The Tánaiste also said 17,000 certs have been reissued after an “error” with the fada in peoples’ names.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July

Updated Jul 15th 2021, 4:34 PM 33,933 Views 95 Comments

‘There is a need for personal responsibility, we need to trust people as well,’ said Micheál Martin.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone

Jul 13th 2021, 6:38 PM 43,486 Views 58 Comments

The Tánaiste denied that the time limit had no scientific basis.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 12 July, 2021

Micheál Martin brushes off suggestion he won't take over as Tánaiste under 'rotating Taoiseach' deal
# FF Leadership
# FF Leadership

Micheál Martin brushes off suggestion he won't take over as Tánaiste under 'rotating Taoiseach' deal

Jul 12th 2021, 5:52 PM 24,564 Views 19 Comments

Questions have been asked about the leadership of the Fianna Fáil party since the dismal result in Dublin Bay South.

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 37,886 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert

Updated Jul 6th 2021, 9:50 PM 87,693 Views 127 Comments
  • Eligible people are to receive their cert automatically by email or by post
  • Government warns there may be 'teething problems'
  • The cert may be used as the basis for a Vaccine Passport for hospitality but Transport Minister says they are 'separate' issues
Varadkar on Delta wave: 'We need to avoid getting back into a spiral of fear'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Varadkar on Delta wave: 'We need to avoid getting back into a spiral of fear'

Jul 6th 2021, 1:58 PM 29,516 Views 60 Comments

The Tánaiste said that people should expect case numbers to “increase dramatically”.

Insurance report going to Cabinet today notes average pay out has decreased by approximately 50%
# Insurance Costs
# Insurance Costs

Insurance report going to Cabinet today notes average pay out has decreased by approximately 50%

Jul 6th 2021, 6:15 AM 13,950 Views 31 Comments

A progress report on how government is tackling rising insurance costs will go to Cabinet today.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'

Jun 24th 2021, 3:08 PM 17,248 Views 54 Comments

The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.

Tánaiste says government has not considered alternative sites for the National Maternity Hospital
# St Vincent's Hospital
# St Vincent's Hospital

Tánaiste says government has not considered alternative sites for the National Maternity Hospital

Jun 24th 2021, 2:10 PM 6,759 Views 19 Comments

Varadkar said the government wants to own the hospital, and “ideally the land”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Spare AstraZeneca vaccines may be given to younger age groups due to Delta concerns - Varadkar
# Over 18s
# Over 18s

Spare AstraZeneca vaccines may be given to younger age groups due to Delta concerns - Varadkar

Jun 23rd 2021, 2:15 PM 24,996 Views 39 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there is engagement with NIAC over this consideration.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
# On Track
# On Track

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant

Updated Jun 22nd 2021, 5:57 PM 21,209 Views 33 Comments

Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad
# Free To Go
# Free To Go

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad

Jun 22nd 2021, 6:10 AM 67,750 Views 37 Comments

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar clarified yesterday that young people who are not fully vaccinated can travel abroad this summer, despite the chief medical officer Tony Holohan giving advice to the contrary last week.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed
# Housing
# Housing

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed

Jun 20th 2021, 1:59 PM 23,286 Views 112 Comments

Yesterday the Tánaiste told the Fine Gael Ard Fhéis that he was setting a target of 70% home-ownership.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade
# Ard Fheis
# Ard Fheis

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade

Jun 19th 2021, 6:08 PM 28,236 Views 97 Comments

This would require 40,000 new homes built each year.

New location may need to be found for National Maternity Hospital, says Tánaiste
# Elm Park
# Elm Park

New location may need to be found for National Maternity Hospital, says Tánaiste

Jun 19th 2021, 3:27 PM 40,165 Views 69 Comments

The Sisters of Charity said it has never been contacted by the Government or the State to discuss purchasing the site.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Varadkar: Fine Gael should establish a branch in Northern Ireland
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

Varadkar: Fine Gael should establish a branch in Northern Ireland

Jun 15th 2021, 7:56 PM 19,043 Views 78 Comments
  • The Tánaiste addressed Fine Gael members at the party's Ard Fheis this evening.
  • He said Fine Gael should set up a branch in Northern Ireland to recuit members.
  • On a united Ireland, he said he believes "in the unification of our island and I believe it can happen in my lifetime".

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere
# Taoiseach
# Taoiseach

Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 6:53 PM 36,491 Views 32 Comments
  • Micheál Martin says the government will decide by July if it can 'do more than we signalled'
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has reportedly asked NPHET to consider a phased return to offices in August
  • Business group DublinTown says outdoor dining has improved the atmosphere in the city
  • Galway councillor suggests 'designated areas' for outdoor drinking

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 June, 2021

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
# Dup Leader
# Dup Leader

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 8:02 AM 64,454 Views 91 Comments

The Taoiseach says the two party leaders had “an open exchange of view” this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Tánaiste tells colleagues that LPT will reduce for some south Dublin homeowners amid by-election fears
# Party Meetings
# Party Meetings

Tánaiste tells colleagues that LPT will reduce for some south Dublin homeowners amid by-election fears

Jun 2nd 2021, 9:48 PM 23,548 Views 48 Comments

A Dublin Bay South by-election will take place this year after Eoghan Murphy stepped down as a TD.

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled
# Housing
# Housing

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled

Jun 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 32,361 Views 82 Comments

The majority of homeowners will see a €90 increase in their tax bill next year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year

Jun 1st 2021, 11:13 PM 8,505 Views 14 Comments

The payment is due to be abolished next February.

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,586 Views 45 Comments

With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.

Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid
# PUP
# PUP

Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid

Updated Jun 1st 2021, 2:15 PM 30,933 Views 85 Comments
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be phased out as part of the Covid-19 stimulus plan
  • The Covid wage subsidy scheme will be extended until the end of the year
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the pandemic caused "the most rapid and dramatic recession recorded outside of the world wars"

# leo-varadkar - Monday 31 May, 2021

Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September
# Recovery Plan
# Recovery Plan

Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September

May 31st 2021, 9:55 PM 29,882 Views 56 Comments

The PUP will be closed off to new applicants from July as the country begins to emerge from the Covid pandemic.

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,492 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.