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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is a Dublin West TD and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He was first elected to the Dail in 2007 and was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment and then Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Varadkar is a doctor and studied medicine at Trinity College.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 16 April, 2014

# leo-varadkar - Monday 14 April, 2014

Bus Éireann: Whistleblower’s corruption claims are not backed up by evidence

A former contractor claims he lost out on a school bus contract because he refused to contribute to a senior staff member’s “cash holiday fund”.

Bus Éireann: We treat corruption claims with the utmost gravity

The company said it will publish the content of an affidavit in which a whistleblower claimed managers took ‘kickbacks’ in return for guaranteeing school bus route contracts.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 13 April, 2014

Ministers call on Bus Éireann whistleblower to contact gardaí over bribery claims

It follows a long-running controversy over how a school bus transport scheme for children with disabilities is run.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 11 April, 2014

Banned: Texting while driving now ‘completely prohibited’

The existing law wasn’t 100 per cent clear on the area, according to Transport Minister Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 7 April, 2014

Tourists think Ireland is great value for money 40 Shades Of Green This post contains a poll

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 3 April, 2014

Varadkar ‘loves’ trains – and won’t be closing ‘dozens’ of rural lines

The Transport Minister said that reports that he is to close ‘dozens’ of rural lines are untrue – and that there aren’t even that many lines.

Simpler fares, new buses and a train line – The €750 million future of Dublin’s transport

The investment will see the completion of the Luas cross-city line, the opening of the Phoenix Park tunnel and the advancement of the Dublin Rapid Transit system.

From The Score Varadkar: Ireland has 50/50 chance of staging World Cup but South Africa a threat Dream Big

Varadkar: Ireland has 50/50 chance of staging World Cup but South Africa a threat

The Sports Minister was speaking about the 2023 competition on Off The Ball.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 1 April, 2014

# leo-varadkar - Monday 31 March, 2014

The 5 at 5: Monday

Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock…

Leo Varadkar is ‘concerned’ that the gardaí allegedly wanted to destroy tapes

The Minister for Transport also says that the opposition have “got it all wrong” by focusing on Shatter and not the gardaí.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 26 March, 2014

Leo Varadkar on GardaGate: ‘I’ve difficulty getting my head around it at the moment ‘

The Minister whose remarks kicked-off a series of controversies last week has been speaking this afternoon in Dublin.

“Resign rather than apologise?” – The reaction to Martin Callinan stepping down

Reaction to Martin Callinan’s announcement that he was retiring has been swift.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 25 March, 2014

Timeline: The eight weeks that led to Martin Callinan’s resignation

The Garda Commissioner was widely criticised for labelling the actions of whistleblowers “disgusting”.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 24 March, 2014

Tánaiste: Shatter should ‘clear up’ claims whistleblowers did not cooperate

Meanwhile, a garda spokesperson has said there are “no plans” for Commissioner Martin Callinan to issue a statement on the controversy surrounding his reference to the whistleblowers’ actions as disgusting.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 23 March, 2014

Minister: Garda whistleblowers should have their reputations reinstated

Fergus O’Dowd said he stood over his comments that “the whistleblowers did a fantastic job”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 21 March, 2014

Quinn backs Labour on whistleblowers… after Kenny tells ministers to air concerns privately

Ruairí Quinn has backed Labour colleagues calling for the Garda Commissioner to withdraw remarks that two whistleblowers’ actions were “disgusting” just hours after the Taoiseach told ministers not to air their concerns in public.

The Tánaiste thinks the Garda Commissioner should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remark

Several government ministers have now called on the Garda Commissioner to withdraw his remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were disgusting.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 20 March, 2014

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Varadkar says Callinan should withdraw ‘disgusting’ remarks – but gardaí say he won’t

Leo Varadkar has said that Martin Callinan should withdraw remarks that the actions of two garda whistleblowers were “disgusting”.

Using a mobile while driving is comparable to driving drunk

That’s according to Gay Byrne who was speaking at the RSA’s annual conference today.

Why did so many Wexford people choose Georgia as their new home in the 1800s?

A new research project is aiming to find out just that…

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 18 March, 2014

Varadkar tells all-male lunch that ‘real change requires courage’

The Transport Minister said that Ireland should embody “justice, opportunity and equality”.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 17 March, 2014

Varadkar: No plans to change de-clamping fee – and it’s not just there to make money

The Transport Minister added that it has been ‘highly effective’ in changing driver behaviour.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 14 March, 2014

Leo Varadkar isn’t happy that Aer Lingus is taking legal action against SIPTU

“All parties should be focusing on the core problems,” he said this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 13 March, 2014

Over 8,400 drivers caught not putting seatbelts on children

And an another terrible statistic from the RSA reveals that one in five people killed on our roads last year were not wearing their seatbelts.

The Great Wall of China is turning green for St Patrick’s Day

It will join over 100 famous landmarks around the world that are taking part in the global greening.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 10 March, 2014

We take over 1/4 BILLION public transport journeys every year…most on the bus

Buses account for roughly 75 per cent of all public transport travel in the country.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 3 March, 2014

Government backs National Diaspora Centre but wants a third-party to pay for it

Leo Varadkar says that the funds are not there and those expressing interest will be asked if they would be able to meet some or all of the capital costs.

The 9 at 9: Monday

Good morning, it’s the start of a new week so here’s today’s news to get your day started.

Varadkar hits back at suggestions of “cronyism”

A local rival says the appointment of a Fine Gael local election candidate to the board of Bus Eireann was “strange”, but Varadkar says that’s not the case.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 28 February, 2014

From The Score September 2015 the target for first game at GAA’s new €9m facility in Blanchardstown Invest In Sport

September 2015 the target for first game at GAA’s new €9m facility in Blanchardstown

The sod was turned this morning at the new facility at the National Sports Campus.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 27 February, 2014

Irish Rail workers reject payroll-cutting plan, Varadkar ‘disappointed’

Both SIPTU and the NBRU have rejected the latest proposals as unfair. The Transport Minister says Irish Rail won’t be given any more cash…

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 18 February, 2014

Taoiseach: Tensions with Brian Hayes ‘so far back in history they’re irrelevant’

The junior minister was formally selected as the Fine Gael candidate for the European elections in Dublin at an event in the city centre this evening.

Gardaí will soon be able to test ‘unconscious drivers’ for drugs and drink

That’s under new road safety laws which were enacted today in the Seanad.

From The Score Home improvement: New digs for Irish swimmers on the Abbotstown sports campus Home Sweet Home

Home improvement: New digs for Irish swimmers on the Abbotstown sports campus

Barry Murphy and Bethany Carson will live in the redeveloped accommodation on the National Sports Campus.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 February, 2014

Sleeping Beauty’s castle and Trump Tower are going green for Paddy’s Day

Old favourites like the Pyramids in Egypt and the ‘Welcome’ sign in Las Vegas will take on a green hue for the holiday as well.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 11 February, 2014

‘When you boycott, you’re just ignored’: Varadkar at odds with Burton’s stance on NYC parade

Leo Varadkar is at odds with Cabinet colleague Joan Burton over whether or not ministers should attend the New York St Patrick’s Day next month.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 7 February, 2014

Huge drop in tailgating on the M50

The number of cars tailgating have dropped since rear facing cameras were put in.

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