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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Monday 24 April, 2017

Maternity benefit payments in Ireland are backlogged by 'a number of months'

A Department of Social Protection official has said “it is not possible to give an accurate date” for the process of backlogged maternity claims.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 18 April, 2017

'Welfare cheats cheat us all': New campaign wants public to blow the whistle on welfare fraud

It’s estimated that last year suspected fraud overpayments of Jobseeker’s Allowance cost €14 million.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 15 April, 2017

Your choice for next Taoiseach? Leo and Simon both ahead of Micheál Martin

A new Claire Byrne Live/Amárach Poll for TheJournal.ie makes interesting reading for Fine Gael members.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 April, 2017

Thousands of families to lose out on money for childcare as Revenue can't give data to government

Revenue is not yet in a position to share information with the relevant department.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 7 April, 2017

Community Employment places to be expanded as Varadkar calls them 'essential' and 'worthwhile'

The minister says the schemes “do work that has to be done”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 6 April, 2017

'We're not going to have a general election over water' - Could this be the row to take down the government?

Health Minister Simon Harris said that the events of the last 24 hours were “very concerning”.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 3 April, 2017

When is Enda going? Coveney says leadership battle to kick off before the summer

The latest opinion poll shows that Fine Gael would take more seats with Leo Varadkar as leader.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

Questions raised over how schools are chosen for government meals scheme

A Sinn Féin TD says that although the announcement is welcome, the DEIS scheme is a blunt tool to identify disadvantage.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 23 March, 2017

Security at Dáil far less stringent than at other national parliaments - Varadkar

The social protection minister said there is a possibility that somebody could carry out an act of violence in the Irish parliament.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 March, 2017

Simon Harris rules himself out but Frances Fitzgerald gearing up for Fine Gael leadership battle

The Minister for Health has put an end to speculation about his future.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 3 March, 2017

7,000 fathers have taken paid paternity leave since it was introduced

The initiative allows fathers to take two weeks off work to help care for their babies, if they have enough PRSI contributions.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 28 February, 2017

Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate? Round 1... Fight This post contains a poll

Poll: Would you watch Coveney and Varadkar going toe-to-toe in a live debate?

TV3 today expressed itself as being ‘very interested’ in broadcasting such a debate, which would be the first of its kind on Irish TV.

Leo v Simon: TV3 'very interested' in hosting a Fine Gael leadership debate

Leo Varadkar has said he would be “happy” to debate his rivals in a televised debate.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 26 February, 2017

Varadkar edges ahead of Coveney in Fine Gael leadership poll

Among Fine Gael supporters, 35% preferred Leo Varadkar, while 30% chose Simon Coveney.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 21 February, 2017

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.

# 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.

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