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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Friday 28 May, 2021

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 84,444 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.
'It's not an outdoors-only summer': Cabinet to discuss easing of restrictions on travel and dining
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

'It's not an outdoors-only summer': Cabinet to discuss easing of restrictions on travel and dining

May 28th 2021, 10:18 AM 20,963 Views 43 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar has said that pubs and restaurants that serve people outdoors in June can still claim the CRSS.
  • Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín has hit out at the plans: “A pint in a pub is no more dangerous than a pint in a hotel."
  • The Government is expecting that 60% of the adult population will be fully vaccinated by the end of July.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 27 May, 2021

Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'
# Vaccine Target
# Vaccine Target

Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'

Updated May 27th 2021, 3:05 PM 41,412 Views 70 Comments
  • Health Minister accused of 'dropping a bombshell' in the Dáil
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the government will provide 'revised targets' tomorrow
  • Ireland likely to only receive half of the planned 470,000 J&J doses by end of June
  • HSE says 2.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date
Varadkar confirms pub and restaurant rules around time limits will be reviewed in a 'few weeks'
# Summer Review
# Summer Review

Varadkar confirms pub and restaurant rules around time limits will be reviewed in a 'few weeks'

May 27th 2021, 2:39 PM 25,952 Views 22 Comments

There was fury from TDs both inside and outside government over the new rules.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year
# PUP
# PUP

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year

May 26th 2021, 8:30 PM 20,938 Views 21 Comments

Leo Varadkar said there would be no dramatic changes. An announcement will be made on Tuesday.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 23 May, 2021

Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the country, according to poll
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the country, according to poll

May 23rd 2021, 10:02 AM 59,172 Views 183 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald’s party has seen a slight dip in support but is still ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

'No time limits' for beer gardens says Varadkar as Dublin's Merrion Row gets summer on-street dining
# The Big Reopening
# The Big Reopening

'No time limits' for beer gardens says Varadkar as Dublin's Merrion Row gets summer on-street dining

Updated May 19th 2021, 6:12 PM 58,325 Views 41 Comments

Varadkar said he hopes that indoor dining could return in “early July”.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 16 May, 2021

Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South
# Litmus Test
# Litmus Test

Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South

May 16th 2021, 7:30 AM 27,433 Views 39 Comments

Questions could be asked as to whether O’Callaghan is the right man for the job if the party performs poorly.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

Leo Varadkar suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'
# Vaccine Rollout
# Vaccine Rollout

Leo Varadkar suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'

Updated May 12th 2021, 7:49 PM 62,538 Views 80 Comments

The Tánaiste made the comments at a Fine Gael meeting this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

Varadkar tells publicans: 'We want to make sure you never have to close again'
# The Pubs
# The Pubs

Varadkar tells publicans: 'We want to make sure you never have to close again'

May 11th 2021, 6:13 PM 34,151 Views 39 Comments

The Tánaiste said he’d dare to put money on pubs re-opening indoors in July.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 5 May, 2021

Investment funds buying whole estates is 'undesirable' and the government needs to act, says Leo Varadkar
# Cuckoo Funds
# Cuckoo Funds

Investment funds buying whole estates is 'undesirable' and the government needs to act, says Leo Varadkar

May 5th 2021, 1:52 PM 26,129 Views 67 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says a Bill he introduced in 2019 on the issue is “still valid”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 29 April, 2021

Workers 'unlikely to return to offices until September' says Tánaiste
# Level 3 Plus
# Level 3 Plus

Workers 'unlikely to return to offices until September' says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 7:50 PM 49,891 Views 38 Comments

Offices have been largely closed under public health advice since the onset of the pandemic.

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone
# Taxi Drivers
# Taxi Drivers

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone

Apr 29th 2021, 4:52 PM 19,066 Views 9 Comments

Richard Boyd Barrett told the Tánaiste the drivers were “threatened with fines”.

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 1:55 PM 47,224 Views 76 Comments

Róisín Shortall said the transfer of patronage was ‘a snail-paced programme’.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 27 April, 2021

We should be a ‘less puritanical’ and a 'little more relaxed' about those enjoying themselves outdoors, says Varadkar
# Outdoor Summer
# Outdoor Summer

We should be a ‘less puritanical’ and a 'little more relaxed' about those enjoying themselves outdoors, says Varadkar

Apr 27th 2021, 6:26 PM 47,121 Views 45 Comments

Speaking this afternoon at Dublin Castle he said that socialising outdoors is “much, much safer” than indoors.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 23 April, 2021

Most company directors think the economy will be fully reopened by the end of 2021
# Business Confidence
# Business Confidence

Most company directors think the economy will be fully reopened by the end of 2021

Apr 23rd 2021, 6:30 AM 11,957 Views 16 Comments

Nearly half of business leaders said they expect to return to the office in the fourth quarter.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 22 April, 2021

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
# Out Of Work
# Out Of Work

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life

Apr 22nd 2021, 3:09 PM 76,905 Views 80 Comments

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.

No Johnson & Johnson vaccine decision until next week but Donnelly 'hopes' for all clear
# Single-shot Jab
# Single-shot Jab

No Johnson & Johnson vaccine decision until next week but Donnelly 'hopes' for all clear

Apr 22nd 2021, 2:31 PM 18,079 Views 45 Comments
  • Minister echoes Tánaiste's hopes that vaccine can be used for all adult age groups
  • Single-dose J&J vaccine seen as key to Ireland's vaccine effort
  • Advice on travel from India expected this week due to variant concern
  • Housebound vaccinations may also be carried out by GPs and pharmacists

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 21 April, 2021

‘June is too soon’ – Varadkar doubts Dublin will host Euro 2020 matches
# Unlikely
From The42
# Unlikely

‘June is too soon’ – Varadkar doubts Dublin will host Euro 2020 matches

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 3:04 PM 14,914 Views 25 Comments

Ireland’s capital city is set to be stripped of the games this Friday.

Varadkar 'hopes' NIAC's advice is that under-60s can get single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Varadkar 'hopes' NIAC's advice is that under-60s can get single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 2:51 PM 31,764 Views 90 Comments

Ireland is due to receive over 600,000 doses of the J&J vaccine before the end of June.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

Announcement before Bank Holiday weekend will have 'indicative idea' of summer Covid restrictions
# The Road Ahead
# The Road Ahead

Announcement before Bank Holiday weekend will have 'indicative idea' of summer Covid restrictions

Apr 20th 2021, 3:29 PM 45,020 Views 22 Comments

Two Cabinet meetings will take place next week.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 18 April, 2021

Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak
# Leaking
# Leaking

Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak

Apr 18th 2021, 12:08 PM 17,318 Views 0 Comments

A spokesperson said Leo Varadkar made a full statement to gardaí and “answered all questions”.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 17 April, 2021

Tánaiste backs school catch-up plan for students during summer months
# YFG Conference
# YFG Conference

Tánaiste backs school catch-up plan for students during summer months

Apr 17th 2021, 7:00 PM 84,981 Views 109 Comments

Fine Gael is to launch a Youth Commission to consider how the party can “regain the top spot among voters under 35″.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 April, 2021

Low Pay Commission to examine increasing minimum wage by €2.10 per hour
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Low Pay Commission to examine increasing minimum wage by €2.10 per hour

Apr 15th 2021, 9:51 AM 29,441 Views 64 Comments

An increase to the ‘living wage’ is in the programme for government.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

Tánaiste says we'll know in coming days whether June vaccine target can still be met
# Covid19
# Covid19

Tánaiste says we'll know in coming days whether June vaccine target can still be met

Apr 13th 2021, 9:59 AM 33,899 Views 98 Comments

The HSE is now assessing the impact of NIAC’s advice that the AstraZeneca vaccine should only be given to those over 60.

Leo Varadkar urges employers not to pressure staff to return to offices
# Covid Restrictions
# Covid Restrictions

Leo Varadkar urges employers not to pressure staff to return to offices

Apr 13th 2021, 6:00 AM 38,261 Views 23 Comments

The Tánaiste said that there was “clear evidence” that people are drifting back to their workplace.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 2 April, 2021

Healthcare workers being vaccinated 'will be taken into consideration' in reviewing maternity hospital restrictions
# Maternity Hospitals
# Maternity Hospitals

Healthcare workers being vaccinated 'will be taken into consideration' in reviewing maternity hospital restrictions

Apr 2nd 2021, 5:37 PM 27,320 Views 12 Comments

The easing of maternity hospital restrictions was not included in the government’s roadmap for reopening the country.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 1 April, 2021

'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential
# Children's Shoes
# Children's Shoes

'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential

Apr 1st 2021, 6:22 PM 22,154 Views 28 Comments

One store has booked in 240 appointments already.

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste

Apr 1st 2021, 2:35 PM 46,570 Views 127 Comments

A delivery of 112,000 vaccines were delivered last night, said Varadkar.

'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today
# Switching Off
# Switching Off

'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today

Apr 1st 2021, 6:15 AM 64,229 Views 29 Comments

The right to disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours,

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 31 March, 2021

Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs
# Not Happy
# Not Happy

Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs

Mar 31st 2021, 11:50 PM 30,142 Views 88 Comments

TDs have been hearing from teachers and other frontline workers unhappy with the changes.

Shops to be allowed sell children's shoes in store, by appointment only
# In Store
# In Store

Shops to be allowed sell children's shoes in store, by appointment only

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 2:35 PM 90,745 Views 106 Comments
  • Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he wants shoes to be available "immediately".
  • People will be able to make appointments at shoe shops selling children's shoes.
  • The news comes after calls for change from parents.
'Sucker punch': Unions criticise new vaccine strategy but Varadkar says decision based 'on the science'
# Vaccine Strategy
# Vaccine Strategy

'Sucker punch': Unions criticise new vaccine strategy but Varadkar says decision based 'on the science'

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 8:34 AM 44,432 Views 158 Comments

Last night, the Tánaiste said that the previous strategy might have slowed the vaccine programme down.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 25 March, 2021

Inflation among the least of our worries as the Irish economy recovers from Covid, says ESRI
# Economic Forecast
# Economic Forecast

Inflation among the least of our worries as the Irish economy recovers from Covid, says ESRI

Mar 25th 2021, 6:10 AM 16,868 Views 16 Comments

Meanwhile, Irish GDP is expected to continue its upward trajectory despite current public health restrictions.

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
# Zero Covid
# Zero Covid

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'

Mar 25th 2021, 6:00 AM 24,988 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste
# Easing Restrictions
# Easing Restrictions

Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste

Mar 24th 2021, 7:56 PM 48,109 Views 96 Comments

Easing of some low-risk outdoor activities is also expected to be announced next week.

Tánaiste says he does not believe criminal charges will be brought against him over GP contract leak
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Tánaiste says he does not believe criminal charges will be brought against him over GP contract leak

Mar 24th 2021, 6:40 PM 15,700 Views 0 Comments

When asked by LMFM if he should step aside if charges were brought against him, Varadkar said: “I don’t contemplate that happening.”

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 17 March, 2021

Police investigate latest graffiti threat to Leo Varadkar in Belfast
# PSNI
# PSNI

Police investigate latest graffiti threat to Leo Varadkar in Belfast

Mar 17th 2021, 7:19 AM 63,466 Views 51 Comments

The Tánaiste has been the target of two other graffiti incidents in the city this year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 16 March, 2021

Leo Varadkar says he 'isn't distracted' from his job and rejects suggestion he should step aside
# Leak
# Leak

Leo Varadkar says he 'isn't distracted' from his job and rejects suggestion he should step aside

Mar 16th 2021, 11:06 AM 26,748 Views 111 Comments

The Tánaiste is under pressure as a result of the garda investigation into his leaking of a document.

An uneasy show of support: Coalition partners sticking by Varadkar amid calls for him to step aside
# Controversy
# Controversy

An uneasy show of support: Coalition partners sticking by Varadkar amid calls for him to step aside

Mar 16th 2021, 6:15 AM 20,995 Views 82 Comments

If charges were to be brought, Fianna Fáil would call for his removal, sources said.