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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 17 November, 2015

If universal health insurance isn’t dead, then when on earth will it actually happen? UHI

If universal health insurance isn’t dead, then when on earth will it actually happen?

The government maintains it is committed to a UHI model. But there’s no chance of it happening soon.

Is this the death of universal health insurance?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

Leo: If there was an overnight fix for the health service I would’ve implemented it

I’ve been in this job for 18 months and I can say with absolute certainty that if there was an overnight fix, I would have implemented it on day one, Leo Varadkar writes.


# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 November, 2015

Leo wants to make it easier for patients to complain

“The director of patient safety is somebody I want to run into in the lift every other day, it’s not somebody I want to meet in a formal meeting once every two months or six months.”

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 10 November, 2015

‘Leo needs to accept he’s not the David Attenborough of the health service’

Fianna Fáil says the Health Minister is “observing from a distance” rather than taking action.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 6 November, 2015

‘What you’d expect from the Tea Party’: Leo’s radical plan for hospitals is being lashed

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are not impressed with the Health Minister’s latest comments.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 5 November, 2015

Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today

The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.

Alleged sexual assault of woman (87) in all-male ward investigated

The assault is alleged to have happened last week.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 4 November, 2015

Tallaght Hospital to probe how information on 91-year-old patient was given to media

Taoiseach Enda Kenny described the incident as “a shocking example of dysfunction in the health system”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 3 November, 2015

Leo Varadkar has a plan to put calorie counts on beer bottles

Five new health warnings are to appear on every alcohol product under proposed new rules.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 21 October, 2015

Why did Leo turn down Sinn Féin’s debate challenge?

The Health Minister was challenged to a debate by a Sinn Féin constituency rival.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 October, 2015

Life-saving drugs can now be given by trained members of the public

The death of Emma Sloan from an allergic reaction gave a huge impetus to the campaign.

Varadkar dismisses claims 10,000 Irish children have teeth extracted in hospital each year

The Irish Dental Association has described the figures as a “national disgrace”.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 9 October, 2015

Leo Varadkar named Tatler’s Man of the Year

Bressie, Brian Cody and Mícháel Ó Muircheartaigh also received awards.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 7 October, 2015

Nurses threaten strike action as Galway mental health staff refuse to work over safety concerns

The INMO’s announcement comes on foot of an incident at the mental health unit of University Hospital Galway on Friday.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 29 September, 2015

Leo Varadkar is being accused of leaking his own email

Fianna Fáil says that an email in the Irish Times came about because of ‘self-serving leaks’.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 26 September, 2015

Leo on coming out: My mum thought I’d get beaten up and my dad was ‘really sound’

The health minister also discussed his Fine Gael leadership ambitions.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 24 September, 2015

Could Enda really go all the way to 2021?

Could Enda really go all the way to 2021?

Analysis: The Taoiseach said again this week that he intends to serve a full second term if re-elected. But is that realistic?

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 10 September, 2015

Kenny: ‘Voters will have to choose between government or chaos’

The Taoiseach also said that he isn’t trying to be populist.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 September, 2015

Leo Varadkar has called for an increase in HIV testing in Ireland

With the number of new positive test cases on the increase HIV Ireland has echoed the health minister’s words.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 3 September, 2015

From Business ETC The EU’s top court has punched a hole in Leo’s plan for higher alcohol prices Gulp

The EU’s top court has punched a hole in Leo’s plan for higher alcohol prices

The laws could breach European free-trade rules.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 2 September, 2015

Enda Kenny facing motion of no confidence (and his AG could be in trouble too)

Micheál Martin earlier accused the Taoiseach of being “shifty and underhand” while Gerry Adams said Kenny should resign.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 16 August, 2015

Fine Gael’s next leader, from most to least likely

Who succeeds Enda Kenny? We rank the contenders…

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 August, 2015

Has Enda become a lame duck Taoiseach?

Analysis: Having been forced to clarify matters at the weekend, has the Taoiseach damaged his political prospects?

# leo-varadkar - Friday 31 July, 2015

Registration for over-70s free GP care begins today

The announcement has been made by Health Minister Leo Varadkar.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 23 July, 2015

The HSE is trying to entice Irish nurses back home with promises of money and contracts

It is seeking to attract up to 500 people and it is hoped it will encourage Irish nurses working abroad to come home.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 17 July, 2015

2,500 people officially became Irish today

Three citizenship ceremonies were held in Dublin earlier today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 July, 2015

The government is having a really bad day in the Seanad

The coalition has a minority in the upper house at present.

Terminal cancer patient pleads with government to pay for drug that could prolong her life

A 59-year-old woman says she is begging the government to pay for a cancer drug that could prolong her life.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 12 July, 2015

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 July, 2015

Should we ban giving away free toys with fast food? Unhappy Meals This post contains a poll

Should we ban giving away free toys with fast food?

A TD says Ireland should follow San Francisco’s lead on the issue.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 5 July, 2015

Ireland’s next Taoiseach, ranked from most to least likely

Enda Kenny is in the hotseat now, but how likely is that to be the case after the next election.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 4 July, 2015

Here’s how many kids have been signed up for free GP care so far

The Minister for Health is happy with the progress so far.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

This eight-year-old’s cancer fight has led to a big change for other children

Children and young adults under 18 will be automatically granted medical cards.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 30 June, 2015

Dublin’s three maternity hospitals are being moved to pastures new

Planning permission for three new sites at major adult teaching hospitals will be submitted in the next 18 months.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 29 June, 2015

26 terminations carried out in Ireland under new abortion laws

Minister Leo Varadkar revealed the figures today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 24 June, 2015

Ten parents PER MINUTE are signing up to free GP care for under 6s

The level of uptake has been described as “phenomenal”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 23 June, 2015

# leo-varadkar - Monday 22 June, 2015

Bottles of wine look likely to be set at a minimum of €8, cans of beer at €2

It would be part of minimum-pricing laws to set a floor price on beer, wine and spirits.

Do the GPs objecting to free care for the under-sixes have a point? Your Say This post contains a poll

Do the GPs objecting to free care for the under-sixes have a point?

The Minister for Health is delighted that 40,000 children are now registered for free medical care, but Irish doctors are not so impressed.

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