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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 7 October, 2020

NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

NPHET looking at whether to mandate the use of face masks instead of visors

Oct 7th 2020, 7:45 AM 44,125 Views 169 Comments

Varadkar floated the idea of fines with examples given such as a €50 fine for not wearing a mask.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

NPHET members believe Level 5 advice 'should have been communicated more carefully to government'

Updated Oct 6th 2020, 10:45 PM 93,977 Views 149 Comments

The recommendation became public on Sunday night, but the government rejected it yesterday – instead deciding that the entire country should enter Level 3.

Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up'
# Short And Sharp
# Short And Sharp

Varadkar says circuit break can't be ruled out to control Covid as sources say plans 'need to be worked up'

Oct 6th 2020, 9:04 PM 53,702 Views 57 Comments

The idea had been mooted recently for Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'
# Nphet
# Nphet

Tánaiste stands over NPHET criticisms while Taoiseach's spokesperson says Varadkar is 'entitled to his opinion'

Updated Oct 6th 2020, 5:00 PM 40,242 Views 88 Comments

NPHET had recommended the entire country move to Level 5, but this advice was rejected by the government.

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?
# Nphet
# Nphet

Why did the government reject NPHET's Level 5 recommendation?

Oct 6th 2020, 9:33 AM 40,551 Views 104 Comments

The Tánaiste and other ministers have been outlining the reasons why over the past few hours.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 5 October, 2020

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

NPHET recommendation to enter Level 5 'came out of the blue', Tánaiste says

Oct 5th 2020, 10:13 PM 48,987 Views 80 Comments

Leo Varadkar said the government and NPHET “have to get back on the same page”.

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan
# Lockdown
# Lockdown

Coronavirus: Cabinet to discuss rejecting Level 5 recommendation after coalition leaders meet Holohan

Updated Oct 5th 2020, 2:00 PM 198,128 Views 323 Comments

NPHET has recommended that the entire country enter Level 5 – the highest level of Covid-19 restrictions.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 4 October, 2020

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in
# Taking Stock
# Taking Stock

'Try again. Fail again. Fail better': The mantra of the FF-FG-Green government 100 days in

Oct 4th 2020, 12:05 AM 27,116 Views 49 Comments

One thing is for sure, this government needs a win.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 3 October, 2020

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'
# Interview
# Interview

Jim O'Callaghan: 'There's a danger in a political system that blindly follows everything NPHET says'

Oct 3rd 2020, 6:30 AM 41,681 Views 83 Comments

Making the tough decisions in government during a pandemic is not easy, says O’Callaghan.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error
# Leaving Cert Controversy
# Leaving Cert Controversy

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

Oct 1st 2020, 1:42 PM 30,280 Views 45 Comments

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 30 September, 2020

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Taoiseach told Varadkar and Ryan about Leaving Cert error six days after it was discovered

Sep 30th 2020, 5:40 PM 29,675 Views 29 Comments

Education Miniser Norma Foley said that about 7,200 Leaving Cert grades have been affected by the errors in the Leaving Cert calculated grades system.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 28 September, 2020

Former junior minister won't engage 'in any lobbying activities' for 12 months as CEO of funds sector lobby group
# Senator
# Senator

Former junior minister won't engage 'in any lobbying activities' for 12 months as CEO of funds sector lobby group

Updated Sep 28th 2020, 3:41 PM 41,279 Views 85 Comments

D’Arcy is set to resign his Seanad seat to become chief executive of the Irish Association of Investment Management.

Mortgage payment break scheme will not be extended, Government confirms
# Payment Breaks
# Payment Breaks

Mortgage payment break scheme will not be extended, Government confirms

Sep 28th 2020, 3:37 PM 38,849 Views 39 Comments

The Tánaiste said the banks agreed that solutions for those unable to resume full payments would be applied on a case-by-case basis.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 27 September, 2020

Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness'
# Employer Liability
# Employer Liability

Documents show government unease at campaign to designate Covid-19 an 'occupational illness'

Sep 27th 2020, 12:05 AM 36,417 Views 18 Comments

The Department of Business expressed concern about the liability for the State and businesses.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 September, 2020

Proposed EU traffic light system for air travel 'is still a bit up in the air', says Tánaiste
# Aviation Industry
# Aviation Industry

Proposed EU traffic light system for air travel 'is still a bit up in the air', says Tánaiste

Sep 23rd 2020, 1:10 PM 22,161 Views 26 Comments

Varadkar said he is worried about Cork and Shannon airports bouncing back from Covid.

Leo Varadkar restricting his movements after being in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 case
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Leo Varadkar restricting his movements after being in close contact with confirmed Covid-19 case

Updated Sep 23rd 2020, 10:41 AM 57,855 Views 82 Comments

An official in the Department of Business tested positive for Covid yesterday.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic
# Sick Leave
# Sick Leave

Government agree to sick pay reform, but Labour says six month delay will hinder fight against the pandemic

Sep 22nd 2020, 6:53 PM 17,454 Views 22 Comments

Ireland is one of only five EU members that doesn’t recognise sick pay as a right.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 19 September, 2020

Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements
# Rotating Taoiseachs
# Rotating Taoiseachs

Martin says he's unfazed by Varadkar preempting government announcements

Sep 19th 2020, 1:38 PM 57,110 Views 49 Comments

Martin said Cabinet intends to keep the Pandemic Unemployment Payment “under review”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 18 September, 2020

Dubliners advised they can meet up with up to six people from another household in a public park
# Social Visits
# Social Visits

Dubliners advised they can meet up with up to six people from another household in a public park

Sep 18th 2020, 9:01 PM 24,340 Views 28 Comments

Dublin is to be moved to Level 3 of Covid-19 restrictions for the next three weeks.

'I thought it was Avril Lavigne at first': Varadkar laughs off incident where woman threw smoothie on him
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

'I thought it was Avril Lavigne at first': Varadkar laughs off incident where woman threw smoothie on him

Updated Sep 18th 2020, 7:20 PM 347,739 Views 250 Comments

The video has been shared on social media.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 17 September, 2020

'We're taking action early': Varadkar says EU capitals have not imposed the kind of restrictions Dublin is facing
# Restrictions
# Restrictions

'We're taking action early': Varadkar says EU capitals have not imposed the kind of restrictions Dublin is facing

Sep 17th 2020, 7:00 PM 42,036 Views 45 Comments

Dublin is expected to be placed on Level Three before the weekend.

Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'
# Outbreak
# Outbreak

Varadkar: 'If public health teams recommend that a meat plant should close, it should close. Full stop'

Sep 17th 2020, 2:24 PM 30,035 Views 52 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said meat barons are playing with people’s lives.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 September, 2020

National 'Living with Covid' plan to be announced this morning, but Dublin pubs reopening to be paused again
# New Roadmap
# New Roadmap

National 'Living with Covid' plan to be announced this morning, but Dublin pubs reopening to be paused again

Sep 15th 2020, 12:05 AM 61,343 Views 71 Comments

It’s expected a press conference outlining the measures will take place after ministers meet at 8am.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 14 September, 2020

Varadkar warns of restrictions in Dublin over ‘worrying’ rise in Covid-19 cases
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Varadkar warns of restrictions in Dublin over ‘worrying’ rise in Covid-19 cases

Sep 14th 2020, 3:56 PM 65,681 Views 103 Comments

There has been a 20-fold increase in the incidence rate of the virus in Dublin over the last few weeks, the Tánaiste said.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 9 September, 2020

Public health experts must justify any proposed restrictions for Dublin if they're more 'drastic' than other EU cities
# Nphet
# Nphet

Public health experts must justify any proposed restrictions for Dublin if they're more 'drastic' than other EU cities

Sep 9th 2020, 2:00 PM 41,981 Views 82 Comments

Ireland needs to look to other EU countries and how they are handling spikes, says Tánaiste.

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations
# Brexit Pressure
# Brexit Pressure

'We got no heads up': Taoiseach speaks to Boris Johnson about the 'undermining' of Brexit negotiations

Sep 9th 2020, 11:58 AM 16,939 Views 19 Comments

The Taoiseach says the UK government’s actions ‘does not build trust’.

Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas
# Leo Varadkar
# Leo Varadkar

Irish government aiming to allow people to travel abroad to visit loved ones for Christmas

Sep 9th 2020, 9:53 AM 95,237 Views 103 Comments

Leo Varadkar told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that Ireland may lose travel connectivity “for up to 4 years” if “strict” travel rules are not relaxed.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 7 September, 2020

Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?
# Explainer
# Explainer

Why is the UK threatening to roll back on the 'Northern Ireland Protocol' and what does it mean for Brexit trade talks?

Sep 7th 2020, 1:48 PM 27,850 Views 49 Comments

EU-UK trade talks are set to start up again tomorrow.

Tánaiste says no date agreed for 'wet pubs' reopening, but new roadmap will provide certainty to the public
# Government Roadmap
# Government Roadmap

Tánaiste says no date agreed for 'wet pubs' reopening, but new roadmap will provide certainty to the public

Sep 7th 2020, 1:38 PM 29,946 Views 40 Comments

“No one in Ireland has died of Covid in the last 14 days,” Leo Varadkar said today.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 September, 2020

Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'
# Leaving Cert
# Leaving Cert

Simon Harris: 'We need to drop the snobby attitude that the only way to progress in life is to go to university'

Sep 4th 2020, 5:49 PM 119,227 Views 88 Comments

With the Leaving Certificate results out on Monday, the minister said an apprenticeship is a great way to get the career you want.

'Some people are getting a little terrorised': Tánaiste says we should not be obsessing about daily Covid numbers
# Nphet
# Nphet

'Some people are getting a little terrorised': Tánaiste says we should not be obsessing about daily Covid numbers

Sep 4th 2020, 4:25 PM 26,530 Views 51 Comments

Leo Varadkar said the publication of daily figures should continue but said more ‘common sense’ needed to be heard now.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 3 September, 2020

Total of five Covid outbreaks in pubs reported during pandemic
# Pubs Reopening
# Pubs Reopening

Total of five Covid outbreaks in pubs reported during pandemic

Sep 3rd 2020, 11:47 AM 65,748 Views 67 Comments

There is a push to get pubs open next month.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 2 September, 2020

Varadkar tells FG members Ireland is an outlier in terms of Covid rules on pubs and international travel
# IRELAND'S ROADMAP
# IRELAND'S ROADMAP

Varadkar tells FG members Ireland is an outlier in terms of Covid rules on pubs and international travel

Sep 2nd 2020, 7:38 PM 58,095 Views 87 Comments

Varadkar said he wouldn’t be surprised if Ireland loses the Trade Commissioner role.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 1 September, 2020

FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19
# Factcheck
# Factcheck

FactCheck: No, Leo Varadkar did not say he supports forced vaccination against Covid-19

Sep 1st 2020, 3:50 PM 1,402 Views 0 Comments

A clip from a speech Varadkar made at the Global Vaccine Summit has been used to claim he said he supports forced vaccination for everyone in Ireland.

Coalition leaders to resume talks on Phil Hogan's replacement
# Golfgate
# Golfgate

Coalition leaders to resume talks on Phil Hogan's replacement

Sep 1st 2020, 7:40 AM 12,850 Views 23 Comments

A number of high-profile names are in the mix.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 28 August, 2020

Cabinet agrees gardaí entering homes to shut down house parties would be an 'extreme measure'
# U-turn
# U-turn

Cabinet agrees gardaí entering homes to shut down house parties would be an 'extreme measure'

Aug 28th 2020, 9:05 PM 46,338 Views 49 Comments

Government has u-turned on the idea of sending officers into peoples’ homes to break up gatherings.

Ireland is the only country in Europe where wet pubs are fully closed, says Varadkar
# Time Please
# Time Please

Ireland is the only country in Europe where wet pubs are fully closed, says Varadkar

Aug 28th 2020, 7:54 PM 99,040 Views 83 Comments

NPHET has been asked to work on guidelines that would allow for the safe reopening of all pubs.

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%
# Debunk
# Debunk

Debunked: It's false to claim Irish and Italian death tolls are 'miscalculated' and 'inflated' by up to 90%

Aug 28th 2020, 3:52 PM 2,510 Views 0 Comments

Variations of the same post have been widely shared on Facebook.

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine
# Misinformation
# Misinformation

Debunked: No, children won't be banned from attending school if they don't get the flu vaccine

Aug 28th 2020, 2:44 PM 16,152 Views 21 Comments

Children aged two to 12 years can get the flu jab for free this year, but it’s not compulsory.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 27 August, 2020

Leo Varadkar rules himself out of taking over EU Commissioner job
# Top Job
# Top Job

Leo Varadkar rules himself out of taking over EU Commissioner job

Aug 27th 2020, 2:51 PM 30,066 Views 54 Comments

There is a lot of interest in the trade commissioner job – and the knock on vacancies that might arise.