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Friday 31 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Leo Varadkar

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# keynote speech
Varadkar praises Martin for 'common sense' leadership as Taoiseach
Leo Varadkar is due to become Taoiseach on Saturday 17 December.
# redundancies
Varadkar: Around 140 redundancies so far at Twitter in Ireland
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced that they layoffs were confirmed with the Department of Enterprise.
# Fine Gael Ard Fheis
FG members to vote on inheritance tax, weapons for Ukraine and setting up in Northern Ireland
Leo Varadkar’s address to the party will be televised live on RTE One tomorrow evening.
# Amazon
No job cuts expected at Amazon Ireland despite reports of lay-offs, Varadkar says
The tech giant is set to axe up to 10,000 workers from its global operation.
# Supreme Court
Government must take time to examine CETA judgement, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste said that it wasn’t the result that the Government had expected.
Varadkar withdraws ‘hypocrite’ remark in fiery Dáil debate over leak probe
Social Democrats co-leader Róisín Shortall accused the Tánaiste of impugning her good name.
# changeover
Government agrees 17 December as date for Taoiseach changeover
Leo Varadkar will take over the role from Micheál Martin.
# Meta Misstep
'I got this wrong': Meta's layoffs and what they mean for Ireland
Mark Zuckerberg said things ‘did not play out’ as expected, but Meta has committed to long-term plans in Ireland.
# creeslough
Businesses affected by Creeslough blast to receive grants to repair damage
Emergency funding is to be made available for firms and community groups affected by the explosion which claimed 10 lives.
# Investigation
Leo Varadkar says Sipo has decided not to investigate him over GP contract leak
The DPP confirmed it would not be prosecuting the Tánaiste over the controversy in July.
# Job Losses
Facebook owner Meta to lay off 13% of its workforce, resulting in 11,000 job losses
Up to 400 people based here could lose their jobs as part of the global cuts.
# top tip
New law requiring tips to be paid to workers to take effect on 1 December
Employees will be legally entitled tips and gratuities paid in electronic form.
# Northern Ireland
Jeffrey Donaldson says Irish government 'deluded' to think joint-authority with London is possible
The DUP is set to block an attempt to elect a new Stormont speaker.
# Interest Rates
Expected interest rate hike may help 'contain' house prices, says Varadkar
The ECB’s 25-member governing council is likely to lift its key interest rates by 75 points for the second consecutive time.
# ukrainian refugees
Communities that take in Ukrainian refugees could get multimillion-euro funding
Leo Varadkar said he wanted a community fund for areas to improve schools, public transport, community and sporting facilities.
# eviction ban
Cabinet signs off on temporary eviction ban
The ban will be in place until the end of March.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you batch cook your meals?
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar posted an Instagram Story yesterday of his meals for the week.
# Homelessness
Winter eviction ban may lead to higher homelessness levels after it expires, says Varadkar
It comes as levels of homelessness across the State hit record levels in August.
# Covid-19
Govt expects to manage rising Covid-19 cases this winter without restrictions, says Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar this morning encouraged people to get their booster vaccine.
# Michael Smith
Editor of magazine that revealed GP contract leak brings defamation case against Leo Varadkar
A spokesperson for the Tánaiste said that the claims will be “fully defended”.
# NI Protocol
Coveney: Politicians ‘may need to surprise people’ to resolve row over NI Protocol
The Foreign Affairs Minister met with Northern Ireland Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris in London today.
# Protocol
Tánaiste describes Northern Ireland Protocol as a ‘little too strict'
Leo Varadkar said that a window of opportunity now exists for agreement to be reached between the EU and the UK.
Tánaiste rejects Ibec suggestion that 'proof' would be required for domestic abuse paid leave
‘What is a victim supposed to do? Come in with their black eye?’ said TD Louise O’Reilly.
# Housing
Taoiseach on who pays for the concrete levy: 'It's industry or the taxpayer. Make up your mind'
10% levy on concrete blocks aims to help fund mica redress scheme.
Confusion within FG over Taoiseach's comments on how to prevent first-time buyers alone from being impacted by the levy, reports Christina Finn
Backlash from backbench TDs who want tax exemptions or for levy to be delayed or scrapped.
Sinn Féin say they want a levy on the industry but not consumers.
10% levy on concrete blocks to help fund mica and pyrite redress schemes
Mica homeowner group welcomes new report on costings for grant scheme
# Gender Identity
Government 'open' to including non-binary option in the next census form
The Tánaiste said it is ‘definitely something the government is open to’.
# concrete levy
Varadkar defends plans for 10% concrete levy to offset cost of mica redress scheme
The planned levy has raised concerns within the construction industry.
# budget 2023
As inflation continues, Govt says no to price caps and yes to spending more on Ukraine military
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and Tánaiste Leo Varadkar were speaking in Limerick today.
# Energy Crisis
Taoiseach says 'much higher' ESB dividend to be taken as after-tax profits hit €390 million
The company recorded a jump from €128 million in the first half of 2021 to €390 million in the same period this year.
# pizza and inheritance tax
Taoiseach doesn't agree with Varadkar's tax report remarks comparing some ideas to SF manifesto
A tax on processed foods, a congestion charge and tax on wealth – just some of the ideas in the report published yesterday.
# budget 2023
Windfall tax will be backdated but it's unclear how much money levy will raise, say leaders
The Taoiseach says it is still unclear how much money the levy will raise.
# School Buses
Tánaiste suggests 'nominal fee' for school bus tickets next year
Free school transport was announced by Government during the summer.
# safe public transport
Taoiseach to engage with ministers on the issue of police on public transport
Micheál Martin says public transport must be safe and affordable.
# energy costs
Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'
Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is not ruling out price caps, but added that he was nervous about it.
# Taxing Stuff
'Straight out of Sinn Féin manifesto': Tánaiste dismisses several conclusions in major tax report
The report made a series of recommendations on Ireland’s tax system.
# Cabinet Reshuffle
Donohoe refuses to be drawn on Eurogroup issue but his party leader hopes he can keep the role
Public Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath is expected to take over the finance ministry in December.
# Minimum Wage
Govt expected to approve 80 cent increase in minimum wage
It’s understood that the minimum wage will rise from €10.50 to €11.30 an hour.
# december reshuffle
Will FF and FG rotate the finance ministry? Coalition partners to discuss matter amid tensions
Although not part of the published rotation deal, it is understood that Fianna Fáil expects the finance ministry to rotate to them.
# Fine Gael Think-In
'Not part of the mainstream': Varadkar says SF Govt would diminish Ireland's influence in Europe
The FG leader hit out against Sinn Féin stating the party would ‘wreck’ the economy.
# Fine Gael Think-In
Customers likely to receive energy credits before Christmas and in the new year, suggests Varadkar
Varadkar said he wouldn’t want people in December worrying about the January bill.
# FG Think-In
Fine Gael think-in to focus on how the party can 'stand up for working people'
The party will gather in Kilkenny today to discuss income tax cuts, pension and social welfare hikes and public transport fares.