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# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 23 August, 2016

More than 2 million people are now working in Ireland, for the first time since 2009

There are 56,000 more people at work now than a year previously – a 2.9% rise, bringing total employment in the country to 2,014,900.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 21 August, 2016

Leo Varadkar: "I foresee a united Ireland at some point in the future"

Minister Leo Varadkar was giving his speech at the Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith commemoration in Glasnevin cemetery today.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 20 August, 2016

Self-employed workers' rights were on the back burner for years, so why the change of heart now?

Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar wants to know what benefits self-employed workers want.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 8 August, 2016

Homeless mother Erica Fleming calls for Leo Varadkar's help

Erica Fleming is requesting a review of the Back to Education Allowance criteria.

Unemployment benefits are top of the wish list for the self-employed

However, the head of ISME says the government needs to show some leadership on the issue.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 1 August, 2016

Enda Kenny has quelled the fire for now, but leader hopefuls are putting their best foot forward

The minute the Taoiseach spoke openly about heading off into the Castlebar sunset, it opened up the conversation about who will take over.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 July, 2016

New welfare scheme offers same-day turnaround for small loans

The loans of up to €2000 can be used for things like Christmas presents, or back-to-school expenses.

Varadkar: pay deal for local councillors nothing to do with leadership bid

Minister for Social Protection wants to offer either a PRSI cut or a state pension to councillors, as part of a wider reform.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 25 July, 2016

Varadkar plans to raise dole payments depending on how long you've worked

The INOU has welcomed the plan, which the Department of Social Protection told TheJournal.ie is under consideration.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 24 July, 2016

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 21 July, 2016

Varadkar proposes tying welfare payments to inflation

The Social Welfare Minister called for people receiving welfare to “never again see their standard of living eroded or falling behind society in general”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 19 July, 2016

Poll: Should all employers be required to contribute to their workers' pensions? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should all employers be required to contribute to their workers' pensions?

A new workplace saving scheme may be introduced to encourage people to save for retirement.

There are 78,000 disadvantaged schoolchildren receiving free breakfasts

One TD has described the figures as a disturbing barometer of child poverty levels.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 12 July, 2016

The contenders for the Fine Gael leadership, from most to least likely

He who wields the knife rarely wears the crown.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 11 July, 2016

Enda has 'no intention of being diverted' as backbenchers ask him to go

Brendan Griffin is latest TD to call on the Taoiseach to resign within weeks, but the Fine Gael leader insists he has a mandate.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 10 July, 2016

Leo Varadkar is not lending his weight to any heave against Enda Kenny

The Social Protection Minister says he ‘doesn’t think it would be right to push him.’

Poll: Should Enda Kenny step down as Taoiseach, and if so, when? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Enda Kenny step down as Taoiseach, and if so, when?

Reports today suggest that Fine Gael backbenchers have a plan in place to oust Kenny from his position.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 28 June, 2016

Rent supplement set to increase from this Friday

The announcement was made in Dublin Castle this morning.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 1 June, 2016

Poll: Do you want Michael D Higgins to serve a second term as president? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want Michael D Higgins to serve a second term as president?

He hasn’t ruled out running for re-election.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 29 May, 2016

Poll: Is Ireland right to introduce health warnings on alcohol products? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Is Ireland right to introduce health warnings on alcohol products?

11 EU countries have cried foul at the previous government’s plans to introduce five separate health warnings on alcohol bottles.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 22 May, 2016

JobBridge is officially to be scrapped, but what will replace it?

The oft-controversial internship scheme is to be discontinued by new social protection minister Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 7 May, 2016

Leo: Social Protection not a demotion but "may well be a sideways move"

The new Minister for Social Protection came under some early opposition criticism today.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 1 May, 2016

Leo hits back at criticism, says he's "totally committed" to forming government

The acting Health Minister was responding to comments made this afternoon by Fianna Fáil and Independent TDs.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 April, 2016

The new national children's hospital is go... but not everyone is happy about it

Construction is set to begin this summer. The decision has been described as “a giant step forward for children’s healthcare in ireland”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 27 April, 2016

FactCheck: Did only 10 TDs really show up to debate mental health last night?

TheJournal.ie’s FactCheck does a double take on some claims that went viral last night.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 April, 2016

Anger after poor Dáil attendance during mental health debate

Last week, it emerged that €12 million of the €35 million ring-fenced for mental health in last year’s budget is to be diverted to other resources.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 7 April, 2016

Fianna Fáil 'will reject' Enda's offer for a partnership government

There are likely to be objections from a number of Fianna Fáil TDs to the proposal from Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 4 April, 2016

Some people aren't at all happy about this tweet from Leo Varadkar

The Health Minister has been accused of undermining Fine Gael’s ongoing government talks with independents.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 21 March, 2016

‘So obsessed with publicity’: Outgoing Labour minister’s parting shot at Leo

Kathleen Lynch has given a revealing interview in which she criticises the Health Minister.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 March, 2016

A lot more people want Micheál Martin to be our next Taoiseach than they do Enda Kenny

Rather worryingly, some of those polled would like Kanye West to be Taoiseach. Come on people, he’s not even Irish…

Leo responds to Alan Shatter’s dig, says he’s ‘charming as always’

“We won’t just stay in government for the sake of it, we won’t be clinging to power.”

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 23 February, 2016

Varadkar ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by elderly man’s death after 12 hours on hospital trolley

Eddie Moloney died from a brain haemorrhage beside a blaring TV at University Hospital Limerick.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 22 February, 2016

From The Daily Edge Leo Varadkar got whacked with a microphone during last night’s Election Special Mic Drop

# leo-varadkar - Friday 19 February, 2016

A man’s been arrested over that robbery Leo Varadkar was caught up in

The 21-year-old was arrested by detectives this morning.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 17 February, 2016

Leo Varadkar compares Micheál Martin to Arnold Schwarzenegger

The Health Minister said Martin lives in “a fairytale”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 16 February, 2016

Varadkar among candidates caught up in armed robbery while canvassing

Two canvassers gave chase when the robbers fled the shop in Carpenterstown just before 7pm.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 15 February, 2016

Enda: I’ve already ruled out Fianna Fáil 10 times – and I’m doing it again

The Taoiseach insists he was the first party leader to rule out coalition with Fianna Fáil.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 10 February, 2016

“Win-win for everyone” – Irish nurses set to take key tasks out of doctors’ hands

Four key tasks are to be carried out in future by nurses rather than junior doctors.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 8 February, 2016

Varadkar defends comments about extra resources making hospitals slow down

The minister said he accepted that overcrowding can also delay patient treatment.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 29 January, 2016

‘They were tortured and degraded in unspeakable ways’

Social Care Minister Kathleen Lynch issued a statement today addressing allegations of physical and sexual abuse at a state-backed foster home.

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