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# Taoiseach

April
April 2024
Parenting: A message for the new Taoiseach - please get a handle on housing
Margaret Lynch
Recognition of Palestine by EU countries 'much closer', Harris says after meeting with Spanish PM
Pedro Sanchez has previously said his country plans to extend recognition to the Palestinians by July.
Simon Harris to meet Ursula von der Leyen today with Palestine 'high on the agenda'
Taoiseach accused of being 'no-show' in Dáil as Harris unavailable due to Sunak and Zelensky phone calls
Simon Harris makes changes to junior ministerial ranks in first Cabinet meeting
The new Taoiseach has been finalising the positions this morning.
Here's who got promoted by Taoiseach Simon Harris at his first cabinet meeting
Here are the 26 promises new Taoiseach Simon Harris made tonight
'I promise to be a Taoiseach for all': Simon Harris reaches across political divide in first speech
No vote on Micheal Healy-Rae’s Taoiseach bid, despite nomination from brother Danny
Leo Varadkar officially resigns as Taoiseach at Áras an Uachtaráin
Varadkar’s resignation was accepted by President Michael D Higgins today.
The former FG leader tendered his resignation in writing to President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this evening.
In his final interview as Taoiseach, he said Government should have invested more in areas like housing in 2011.
He told The Journal today that making up his mind to step down was hard, but said he has had "no regrets" over the decision.
Kate O'Connell says Varadkar was a 'barrier to re-entry' to Fine Gael party
March
March 2024
Simon Harris has been announced as the new leader of Fine Gael
Harris is the only Fine Gael TD to put his name forward for the job.
Simon Harris says he has taken advice from Phil Hogan (among others)
Poll: Would you like to see a general election take place?
Simon Harris officially declares bid to be next leader of Fine Gael
More than 30 TDs, senators and MEPs voiced their support for Harris today even before he made a formal announcement.
'Brexit-hater' Varadkar's emotional parting: How international media covered the Taoiseach's announcement
Taoiseach says he does not identify as ‘woke’
Taoiseach still has 'some' text messages from Covid pandemic period
Taoiseach says investigation needed into alleged vote blocking of black Irish person in referendum
Ireland's 'soft power' used to remind US it helped bring peace before and could do so again
All eyes were watching Leo Varadkar to see if he convey the message from the Irish people and push for peace in Palestine.
Netanyahu approves plans for military operation in Rafah and 'evacuation' of civilians
Taoiseach speaks to President Biden on six Irish citizens who are stuck in Gaza
Varadkar 'supports' proposal that could see asylum seekers deported to countries in North Africa
Varadkar dubs some Trump comments 'highly inappropriate' but says Govt will work with whoever is elected
This year
2024
Ireland and Spain ask for urgent review of EU's trade deal with Israel amid 'grave' Rafah threat
In a letter sent to the European Commission president, Varadkar also called for an ‘immediate humanitarian ceasefire’.
Tributes paid to 'deeply committed' former Taoiseach John Bruton who has died
The former Taoiseach died in the Mater Hospital in Dublin early this morning following a long illness.
John Bruton led Fine Gael from 1990 until 2001, and served as Taoiseach between December 1994 and June 1997.
He later served as the EU's ambassador to the US between 2004 and 2009.
He is survived by his wife, son and three daughters.
Pat Rabbitte: John Bruton was a thoughtful and substantial politician
Pat Rabbitte
Future of St John of God care facilities in limbo as charity faces ongoing financial crisis
Ten districts with the highest proportion of refugees to get special support package, says Taoiseach
Phoenix Park to close for 24 hours to facilitate visit of Chinese premier next week
Dart-type system for Cork 'achievable' within ten years says Varadkar
Last year
2023
Taoiseach says he would 'hate' if Ireland became a country that blames migrants for its problems
Leo Varadkar falls victim to a prank by two Russian comedians
Taoiseach says Ireland’s Covid inquiry will 'certainly' be held next year
Varadkar denies that Paschal Donohoe is seeking IMF top job, but has yet to ask him directly
Labour criticise Government and Commissioner for ‘completely inaccurate’ garda recruit figures
Israeli President says Ireland needs to 'admit the truth' about conflict in Gaza
Taoiseach hears views of Arab and Islamic reps at meeting about Israel-Hamas war
Taoiseach and ministers discuss recent increases in road deaths
Politicians arguing in the Dáil and having a drink together after doesn't happen anymore, says Varadkar