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#Leo Varadkar

# 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 16,876 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 24,999 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 63,468 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 26,753 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.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 15 March, 2021

Mary Lou McDonald calls for Tánaiste to resign over 'abuse of power'
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Mary Lou McDonald calls for Tánaiste to resign over 'abuse of power'

Mar 15th 2021, 2:12 PM 49,454 Views 120 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader has described Leo Varadkar sharing a GP contract with a rival organisation as a “blatant abuse of power”.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 14 March, 2021

Garda inquiry into document leak by Tanaiste is now criminal investigation
# Gp Contract
# Gp Contract

Garda inquiry into document leak by Tanaiste is now criminal investigation

Mar 14th 2021, 1:13 PM 44,258 Views 116 Comments

The gardaí are investigating whether there has been a breach of corruption legislation or the Official Secrets Act.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 12 March, 2021

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history

Mar 12th 2021, 9:00 AM 110,160 Views 49 Comments

People across Ireland – including key decision-makers – tell the story of Thursday 12 March 2020.

Varadkar: We believed lockdown would be six weeks or a few months at most
# One Year On
# One Year On

Varadkar: We believed lockdown would be six weeks or a few months at most

Mar 12th 2021, 7:25 AM 53,009 Views 85 Comments

The Tánaiste has hailed the inspiring perseverance and courage of the Irish people on the first anniversary of his Washington speech.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs

Mar 10th 2021, 5:44 PM 62,356 Views 128 Comments

Violet-Anne Wynne, a Clare TD, said she is a Protestant and “proud to be a representative for Sinn Féin”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 4 March, 2021

Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'
# Al Fresco
# Al Fresco

Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'

Mar 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,831 Views 60 Comments

Restaurants and cafes are calling for some leeway when it comes to applying for planning permission.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste
# Vaccine Target
# Vaccine Target

More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste

Mar 3rd 2021, 8:28 PM 30,787 Views 79 Comments

The Tánaiste says he hopes government can do better than the September target.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister
# International Travel
# International Travel

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister

Feb 24th 2021, 5:04 PM 17,072 Views 96 Comments

The new legislation is being debated in the Dáil this afternoon.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 22 February, 2021

100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April
# Ramp Up
# Ramp Up

100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:32 AM 45,398 Views 86 Comments

The health minister has said capacity is being built up to vaccinate 250,000 people a week.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 18 February, 2021

Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'
# National Airline
# National Airline

Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'

Feb 18th 2021, 6:46 PM 41,819 Views 83 Comments

The Tánaiste said that discussions are ongoing for further financial support if required.

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
# Mother And Baby
# Mother And Baby

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,056 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March
# School Reopening
# School Reopening

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March

Feb 17th 2021, 9:55 PM 74,517 Views 55 Comments

The Taoiseach made the remarks at a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak
# Preliminary Inquiries
# Preliminary Inquiries

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 6:31 PM 41,019 Views 0 Comments

Gardaí are currently assessing correspondence that has been received over the leaking of the contract.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
# Exemptions
# Exemptions

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine

Feb 11th 2021, 5:09 PM 44,837 Views 47 Comments

Arrivals to Ireland from restricted countries list will have to stay in their room.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 10 February, 2021

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
# Travelling Abroad
# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 41,970 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'
# Abusive Graffiti
# Abusive Graffiti

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'

Feb 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 149,110 Views 99 Comments

The Tánaiste reacts to the abusive graffiti about him that was scrawled on a wall in Belfast earlier this month.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 9 February, 2021

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel
# International Travel
# International Travel

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 6:08 PM 51,081 Views 48 Comments

He said there seems to be an “openness” to talking about the two islands working together.

Government announces extra €160m in supports for Covid-hit businesses
# SUPPORTS
# SUPPORTS

Government announces extra €160m in supports for Covid-hit businesses

Feb 9th 2021, 4:05 PM 10,580 Views 11 Comments

A new €60 million scheme as part of the total package will go to businesses which have been unable to access Government funding until now.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 6 February, 2021

New unemployment payment linked to past working history set to be introduced when PUP is phased out
# Unemployment
# Unemployment

New unemployment payment linked to past working history set to be introduced when PUP is phased out

Feb 6th 2021, 6:30 AM 185,894 Views 71 Comments

Varadkar said the phasing out of the PUP provides an opportunity to reform the country’s social welfare system.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 4 February, 2021

'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured
# CervicalCheck
# CervicalCheck

'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 9:15 PM 42,135 Views 62 Comments

Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.

'I do anticipate it will be possible to holiday in Ireland' - Varadkar says re-opening will be gradual and cautious
# Summer 2021
# Summer 2021

'I do anticipate it will be possible to holiday in Ireland' - Varadkar says re-opening will be gradual and cautious

Feb 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 97,713 Views 170 Comments
  • It's hoped the country can move to Level 4 restrictions in March - but outdoor dining is not expected to begin till a later stage.
  • Talks are currently underway to extend the wage subsidy and PUP into the summer months, the Tánaiste said.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 30 January, 2021

Belfast graffiti threatening Leo Varadkar investigated as hate crime
# Criminal Damage
# Criminal Damage

Belfast graffiti threatening Leo Varadkar investigated as hate crime

Jan 30th 2021, 5:13 PM 81,716 Views 0 Comments

The graffiti was written on a wall in Belfast between last night and this morning.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 29 January, 2021

Varadkar tells Facebook moderators he will contact social media giant on their behalf
# Reach Out
# Reach Out

Varadkar tells Facebook moderators he will contact social media giant on their behalf

Jan 29th 2021, 8:19 PM 20,266 Views 34 Comments

Moderators have been pushing for mental health supports and to be allowed work from home during the pandemic.

Factfind: Do we know the rate of travel transmission?
# International Travel
# International Travel

Factfind: Do we know the rate of travel transmission?

Jan 29th 2021, 12:39 PM 15,418 Views 45 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday night that international travel accounts for fewer than 1% of Covid-19 cases

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 January, 2021

Mandatory hotel quarantine to be expanded and 'Iceland model' explored - Tánaiste
# Four Walls
# Four Walls

Mandatory hotel quarantine to be expanded and 'Iceland model' explored - Tánaiste

Jan 28th 2021, 1:39 PM 39,999 Views 68 Comments

Arrivals from Brazil or South Africa or those without a PCR test are currently facing hotel quarantine.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 27 January, 2021

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday
# Travel
# Travel

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday

Jan 27th 2021, 9:40 PM 155,953 Views 151 Comments

Micheál Martin said 397 people arriving at the airport yesterday were returning from holiday.

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

'Prolonged suppression of the virus' is the government's goal, says Taoiseach

Jan 27th 2021, 1:40 PM 16,442 Views 38 Comments

Speaking in Leaders’ Questions, he said “there will be no half-measures from me, as Taoiseach, or from Government”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 January, 2021

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'
# Non-runner
# Non-runner

Taoiseach: 'Zero-Covid strategy is not possible or sustainable'

Jan 26th 2021, 7:57 PM 32,706 Views 92 Comments

NPHET does not recommend such a strategy, says Micheál Martin.

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know
# Covid19
# Covid19

A lockdown extension and new travel rules - Here are the main points you need to know

Jan 26th 2021, 7:30 PM 60,272 Views 64 Comments

Level 5 is with us until at least 5 March.

Poll: Are you planning a holiday abroad this year?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Are you planning a holiday abroad this year?

Jan 26th 2021, 9:38 AM 137,845 Views 131 Comments

Leo Varadkar has said summer holidays might be off the agenda.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 15 January, 2021

Varadkar says designating the Beacon Hospital as vaccination centre 'at odds' with its refusal to sign surge capacity deal
# Healthcare Workers
# Healthcare Workers

Varadkar says designating the Beacon Hospital as vaccination centre 'at odds' with its refusal to sign surge capacity deal

Jan 15th 2021, 5:46 PM 51,905 Views 66 Comments

Beacon Hospital has not signed up to allow its ICU capacity be used by the public system.

No plans to ban South American passengers as there are no direct flights into Ireland
# International Travel
# International Travel

No plans to ban South American passengers as there are no direct flights into Ireland

Jan 15th 2021, 3:43 PM 14,780 Views 30 Comments

Travellers from South America are no longer allowed to come into the UK, amid fears over a new virus variant first identified in Brazil.

New law will give employees the right to request remote working
# Right To Disconnect
# Right To Disconnect

New law will give employees the right to request remote working

Jan 15th 2021, 12:05 AM 57,566 Views 52 Comments

This year a legally admissible code of practice on the right to disconnect from work – covering phone calls, emails and switch-off time – will be introduced.