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# Leo Varadkar

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# Michael Collins
History made at Michael Collins centenary commemoration – Varadkar
Thousands of people are at the ceremony, taking place in Collins’s native West Cork.
# I declare
Will we see more political controversies before Sipo gets some teeth?
Tánaiste says there are ‘stringent’ regulations already, but signals changes may be on the way.
Childcare fees will fall for the vast majority of parents under 'big' Budget package
A report by
Christina Finn
Childcare providers have warned of further closures due to a delay in a funding scheme.
Tánaiste says freezing childcare fees 'is not enough'.
Parents are paying out nearly €800 per month per child for childcare.
Childcare providers warn of closures due to funding delay.
Double child benefit payment, welfare hikes and tax changes - here's what to expect in the Budget
# housing for all
'A total disaster': Varadkar criticised over comments saying Govt needs 'another go' at housing
Labour’s Rebecca Moynihan was critical of the Tánaiste, calling for him to ‘roll up his sleeves’ and deliver.
# Leo Varadkar
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
In an exclusive interview, Leo Varadkar also indicated the minimum wage is to increase.
Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation
# wage hike
Low Pay Commission recommendation for minimum wage increase to go to Cabinet in September
The current national minimum wage stands at €10.50 per hour.
Varadkar: 'There's a feeling in the gay community that homophobic attacks are on the rise'
A report by
Christina Finn
Speaking to The Journal in a wide-ranging interview, Varadkar said the situation is ‘extremely worrying’.
# Housing
Action on rental sector 'does not necessarily' need to be on Budget day, says Varadkar
Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien is pushing for tax breaks for landlords and a tax credit for renters.
# Robert Troy
Tánaiste has 'full confidence' in Troy after he failed to declare house sale
Leo Varadkar said that Troy is set to amend his Dáil declarations and will be contacting Sipo.
# budet 2023
Proposal for new 30% tax band 'still on the table', but minister says it would be 'challenging'
Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said he will engage with the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe on the issue.
# arthur griffith
Irish people must reclaim 'largely forgotten' legacy of Arthur Griffith, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste was speaking at a remembrance ceremony for Griffth and Michael Collins in Glasnevin Cemetary.
# cost of living crisis
'Substantial income tax reductions' pledged in Budget 2023
A third rate to target middle-income workers is one option outlined in the Tax Strategy Group papers.
# climate action
Government leaders fail to reach agreement on agriculture emissions reduction targets
Negotiations are set to continue tonight and tomorrow morning.
# st brigid's day
New public holiday could cost Exchequer between €220m and €300m, says Varadkar
The first St. Brigid’s day public holiday will be Monday 6th February 2023.
# General Election
John Lahart TD says he doesn't expect Micheál Martin to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election
TD John McGuinness said yesterday that Micheál Martin should step down as party leader in December.
# Fire Safety
Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik
Government will have to provide assistance, Leo Varadkar has said.
# Sick Pay
New sick pay law to guarantee all workers three days paid sick leave once commenced
This is the first time Ireland has had a statutory sick pay scheme.
# Coronavirus
Immunologist says boosters must be used 'at the right time' to protect against winter Covid wave
Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that there needs to be a “coordinated response” to deal with future waves of the virus.
# response
Varadkar hits out at 'sworn political opponents' as DPP directs no charges in GP leak affair
Varadkar says allegations against him are “politically motivated and often highly personalised
# prosecution
No charges brought against Leo Varadkar over GP contract leak, DPP directs
The Tánaiste said this evening that he is “pleased at the outcome” of the Garda investigation.
# Back To School
School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package
The proposal is set to cost €67 million.
# Small businesses
New low-cost loan scheme for small businesses announced by Government
Loans will be made available to businesses whose turnover or profit was impacted by more than 15% due to Covid-19.
# Poll Position
Border poll ‘not appropriate' at this time, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste said he also wants clarity around when a referendum of Irish unity would be called.
# NI Protocol
Varadkar says relations have never been as bad with UK government ministers
The Tánaiste said he believes the UK is not being “even handed” over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
# Leaders' Questions
AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs
The Government has faced criticism from parents and advocates about the difficulty in finding class places for children with additional needs.
# Kilkenny
Tánaiste expects controversial €200m cheese plant to meet climate concerns as sod is turned
The plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and take in milk from 4,500 farmers.
# Russia
Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect
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'
The public servants due to have their pay restored include medical consultants, members of the judiciary and some CEOs.
# budget 2023
Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget
Taoiseach said renters “will be considered” in October’s budget.
# budget 2023
Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000
Tánaiste confirmed to The Journal that the finance minister is working on the Budget proposal.
# Dáil row
Varadkar: 'I'm entitled to a due process and the presumption of innocence over guilt'
A senator said conversations that took place in the Dáil last week about arrests and prosecutions were ‘very stigmatising’.
# Grow Digital
New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'
€10 million will be available in 2022 and it will be administered by Enterprise Ireland.
# dail spat
Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator
Senator Lynn Ruane said words said in the Dáil can target and impact communities.
# Leaders' Questions
In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
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
As things stand, the Tánaiste said the plan is still to wait until budget day in October.
# Taxi
Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste
Varadkar said other countries have other options than a taxi.
# Liveline
Leo Varadkar says he hopes RTÉ and Dublin Pride organisers can ‘sort out’ differences
The Tanaiste said “a lot of members of the trans community are very upset” about the Liveline radio discussions.
# Housing
'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.
# Income Tax
'Not right' pay increases for workers should be gobbled up by tax, USC and PRSI, says Varadkar
The Tánaiste says it is a Government commitment to index tax bands and credits.
# Living wage
Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced the draft plan today.