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Dublin: 15 °C Friday 19 September, 2014

#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

“Let’s not repeat the mistake of 1983″… Varadkar calls for calm in abortion debate

The Health Minister has rejected calls for a referendum to be held next year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 16 September, 2014

‘I wouldn’t dare do such a thing’: After Enda’s scolding, Leo isn’t talking about the Budget this week

The Health Minister was remaining tight-lipped about the Budget this morning.

‘It’s just not true’: Leo insists the government didn’t cook the books

The Health Minister has been responding to claims from Micheál Martin that the government “cooked the books” in health.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 15 September, 2014

From The Daily Edge Leo Varadkar sang Tender by Blur off his phone at the Fine Gael think-in Come On Come On Come On

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 13 September, 2014

Think-ins, smackdowns and desperation: Winners and losers (and one for you to decide) from the political week… House Of Cards This post contains a poll

Think-ins, smackdowns and desperation: Winners and losers (and one for you to decide) from the political week…

David Cameron’s in the firing line for travelling north, Mary Lou’s in the headlines for flying Down Under, and we’re not sure what to make of Leo…

# leo-varadkar - Friday 12 September, 2014

The 5 at 5: Friday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Loose Lips Leo and 4 other things we learned at the Fine Gael ‘think-in’

The Fine Gael parliamentary party gathered in picturesque Fota Island to talk the economy, elections and Leo…

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 11 September, 2014

Leo: “I don’t mind being slapped down or scolded. I’m a big boy.”

The Health Minister has been on the receiving end of a rebuke from the Taoiseach in recent days.

Here’s What Happened Today: Thursday

Everyone’s talking about the Oscar Pistorius verdict, staff at University Hospital Galway being disciplined and Leo Varadkar responding to criticism from the Taoiseach.

Taoiseach rounds on ‘Sir Humphreys’ in Health Department

Officials are coming in for criticism from the Taoiseach today, in his latest public comment on Health Minister Leo Varadkar’s plans.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 10 September, 2014

The Health Department’s new Secretary General has a masters from Harvard

Jim Breslin comes to the position from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 9 September, 2014

Tax cuts shouldn’t come at expense of health services, Varadkar warns

Michael Noonan said last week that any tax breaks would have to be paid for elsewhere in the system.

Elderly people ‘left languishing’ on nursing home waiting list

There are over 500 people currently waiting in hospital beds.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 8 September, 2014

What do people think of Leo’s big plan to tackle health insurance?

The recently-installed health minister wants companies to freeze their prices. But can his big idea work? Here’s what people think of it…

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 7 September, 2014

Taoiseach “dismissed” Shortall’s concerns over Reilly’s health service reforms

New Health Minister Leo Varadkar was recently told Reilly’s HSE reforms were “unworkable”.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 6 September, 2014

Pressure on Reilly after officials call his HSE reforms ‘unworkable’

In briefing documents prepared for Leo Varadkar, the new health minister is told that “a more coherent approach” is needed.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 August, 2014

Over 21,000 motorists have been caught using their phone while driving this year

However, there have not yet been any prosecutions under a new law completely banning using a phone while driving.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 21 August, 2014

Róisín Shortall thinks Eamon Gilmore was out of touch, in denial and should have quit sooner The High Table Interview This post contains videos

Róisín Shortall thinks Eamon Gilmore was out of touch, in denial and should have quit sooner

The former junior minister and Labour TD gave a wide-ranging interview to TheJournal.ie this week.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 20 August, 2014

Róisín Shortall: I’m surprised the ‘very inexperienced’ James Reilly wasn’t sacked Health This post contains videos

Róisín Shortall: I’m surprised the ‘very inexperienced’ James Reilly wasn’t sacked

The former junior health minister also says she could have worked with new minister Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 19 August, 2014

More patients should go home on the same day as having surgery (and Leo agrees)

Reduce waiting lists? Tick. Save money? Tick. The Minister for Health is all in favour.

Varadkar won’t be taking up nurses’ challenge – but he’ll meet them in September

The new Health Minister was asked to work a 12-hour shift in an Emergency Department.

Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses’ challenge? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should Varadkar have accepted the nurses’ challenge?

The Minister for Health turned down an offer to observe a 12-hour shift in an Emergency Department.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 13 August, 2014

The 5 ministers whose special advisers still breach the government’s €92k pay cap

The government’s breach of its own pay ceiling for advisers has been controversial in recent years.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 11 August, 2014

So it turns out that ‘free GP care’ might not actually be free

A modest charge could be applied but no final decision has been taken.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 6 August, 2014

Here’s why Leo Varadkar is looking to avoid ‘land mines in Angola’

Analysis: The Health Minister’s intervention on universal health insurance yesterday is all about managing expectations.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 5 August, 2014

New laws haven’t deterred one-in-ten motorists from using their phone while driving

A new survey found that one-in-ten drivers text or talk on their phone.

The 9 at 9: Tuesday

It’s the start of your four-day week – and here’s everything you need to know as you start your day.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 28 July, 2014

Calls for urgent meeting with Varadkar after serious failings at Mayo care home

The gardaí are investigating the sudden death of a 72-year-old man at the care home in 2012.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 26 July, 2014

Here are 9 things we learned from the Electric Picnic of politics

Where do politicos, academics and Oireachtas nerds spend their summer holidays? In Glenties of course…

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 July, 2014

Ministers sign off on over-70s free GP care plan

It’s expected that draft legislation will be ready by the end of the year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 22 July, 2014

Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin rule out going into government with Sinn Féin

Earlier, Health Minister Varadkar said he doesn’t think anyone believes Gerry Adams when he denies past membership of the IRA.

Leo tells health lobby: Stop attacking me and weakening me

The Health Minister has said he will consider proposals from an expert panel on medical card eligibility.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 21 July, 2014

Parents of sick children angry over Varadkar’s comments about medical cards

The CEO of Jack & Jill has written to Minister Varadkar and the Taoiseach about the medical card issue.

No tan for you: Children are officially banned from using sunbeds from today

Up to 28,000 children and teenagers use sunbeds every year.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 18 July, 2014

Child tanners banned from sunbeds

Topping up a tan using sunbeds will no longer be an option for under-18s as new legislation comes into force on Monday.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 17 July, 2014

The government says children under six will have free GP care later this year

Legislation passed today includes an amendment to ban gagging orders on doctors that was put forward by Senator John Crown.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 16 July, 2014

Calls for measures to be introduced to eliminate avoidable blindness by 2020

There are currently more than 220,000 people in Ireland who are blind or vision impaired.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Opinion: Will Leo survive the Department of Health curse?

The newly-crowned Minister for Health’s role could be the making or breaking for one of politics’ rapidly rising stars.

James Reilly is still Health Minister… according to the Department’s website

And Health isn’t the only government department that has yet to update its pages.

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