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# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

Leo Varadkar hails 'results of government policies' as unemployment rate dips below 7%

The number of unemployed is down to 147,400, people a drop of 21.4% over the last 12 months.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 20 February, 2017

Leo Varadkar is the people's favourite for next Fine Gael leader

That’s according to a new poll from Claire Byrne Live.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 18 February, 2017

'Distracting and destabilising': Leo Varadkar says 'everyone is waiting' on a decision from Enda

Regina Doherty thinks the Taoiseach should be given space to make his own decision.

How does Fine Gael go about electing a new leader?

Enda Kenny’s days as Taoiseach are numbered.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 16 February, 2017

Kenny on the ropes as Fine Gael hopefuls line up to challenge him

Kenny has a choice of resignation or facing a vote which sources say he is unlikely to survive.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 February, 2017

McCabe's questions deserve to be answered before Tribunal is held says Varadkar

Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney have reportedly told Fine Gael TDs to prepare for an early election.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 February, 2017

It's now easier to take a career break without losing your state pension entitlements

People will now have five years to decide if they want to pay voluntary contributions.

Leo Varadkar is the first minister to say Trump shouldn't be invited to Ireland

“I’m not sure what purpose it would serve,” Leo told Sean O’Rourke.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 1 February, 2017

Over 100,000 people who work in Ireland are still living in poverty

New figures have been released today by the CSO.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 30 January, 2017

Ireland's maternity benefit now helps migrants who want to travel home

Mothers who want to leave the EU to travel home can now continue to get maternity leave – which wasn’t the case before now.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 29 January, 2017

Calls for Enda Kenny to cancel White House trip over Trump's refugee ban Smiles And Shamrocks This post contains a poll

Calls for Enda Kenny to cancel White House trip over Trump's refugee ban

The Green Party says Trump’s actions are “intolerable”, while Charlie Flanagan says the ban “concerns” him.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 January, 2017

Department of Social Protection overpaid welfare recipients by €420 million over six years

Minister Leo Varadkar said he was looking at strengthening laws relating to welfare fraud.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 5 January, 2017

Varadkar says lone parents can earn more under measure that kicks in today

Changes have been made to the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 26 December, 2016

Unemployed under-26s now have to pay less towards their rent supplement

They’ll save up to €80 a month.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 22 December, 2016

Jump in reports of people allegedly working and claiming social welfare

The Department of Social Protection received over 20,000 reports of welfare fraud from members of the public up to the end of November.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 2 December, 2016

Leo Varadkar tells Willie O'Dea to "chill" over his new DJ job

Christmas handbags in Leinster House.

From The Daily Edge Leo Varadkar just told Willie O'Dea to "chill" on Twitter over his new DJ job Tell That Cat To Chill

Leo Varadkar just told Willie O'Dea to "chill" on Twitter over his new DJ job

Christmas handbags in Leinster House.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 1 December, 2016

Fancy a Late Date with Leo? He's presenting a show on RTÉ over Christmas

Varadkar says he’s just ‘filling a gap’ in the schedule.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 28 November, 2016

Social welfare Christmas bonus for 1.2 million people to be paid this week

This year’s bonus will be 85% of a welfare recipient’s weekly payment.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 20 November, 2016

Trump's weekend: Settling fraud lawsuits for $25m and demanding apologies from Broadway cast

And Ireland’s Leo Varadkar has picked a side in the scrap.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 13 November, 2016

'Utterly appalling': Anger expressed at waiting times for carer's allowance claims

More than 4,000 people are waiting for their applications to be processed, with an average wait time of 14 weeks.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 23 October, 2016

Varadkar has massive lead over Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll

The results also show less than half of the party’s supporters believe Enda Kenny should remain as party leader.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 20 October, 2016

Varadkar confirms details around this year's welfare Christmas bonus

Some 1.2 million people will receive the extra money.

As it happened: Leo Varadkar grilled on TDs' salaries, Brexit ... and a golf club

Varadkar is filling in for Taoiseach Enda Kenny this afternoon.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 18 October, 2016

"Our view is that it has done the job it was asked to do" - JobBridge to be wound down from Friday

Consultation will soon begin for a new job activation programme to take its place.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 16 October, 2016

Garda strikes will "change their relationship with the public forever" warns Leo Varadkar

Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar said this morning that ‘it’s not in the gardaí’s interest’ to strike.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 11 October, 2016

FactCheck: How do jobseeker's payments here compare to Northern Ireland?

In the Dáil last week, Leo Varadkar asked TheJournal.ie for a fact check. We accepted that request.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 3 October, 2016

Oops! Leo says Micheál Martin will announce next week's Budget

Leo Varadkar has called on Fianna Fáil to produce a costed list of Budget demands.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 27 September, 2016

FactCheck: Did the last government cut payments to lone parents?

FactCheck looks into a a controversial claim made by Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar on Morning Ireland yesterday.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 21 September, 2016

FactCheck: Has no government minister ever gone before the Public Accounts Committee?

Will Michael Noonan be the first sitting minister to go to the PAC? Or is Leo Varadkar wrong?

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 18 September, 2016

Board member says if Nama was more transparent it wouldn't make as much money

Meanwhile, Mary Lou McDonald wants Michael Noonan to appear before the Public Accounts Committee.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 September, 2016

'A change of leadership is required': Rumblings in Fine Gael that Enda should go

Enda Kenny said this is not a time to “mess around”.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 11 September, 2016

Fine Gael TD criticises John Halligan's 'extraordinary' comments about colleagues

An ongoing row about cardiac care services in Waterford could have serious consequences for the Government.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 6 September, 2016

'We don't make unpopular decisions just for the craic' - Leo

Speaking about his ambitions, Varadkar said he has a vision for the party and the country.

Simon Harris 'sickened' by misinformation given to women at crisis pregnancy clinic Undercover Filming This post contains videos

Simon Harris 'sickened' by misinformation given to women at crisis pregnancy clinic

The health minister said women need “accurate information in relation to their own health”.

# 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.

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