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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News


# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

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 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.

# 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 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?’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.

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