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Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar

Leo Varadkar is a Dublin West TD and the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport. He was first elected to the Dail in 2007 and was the Fine Gael Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment and then Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Varadkar is a doctor and studied medicine at Trinity College.

# leo-varadkar - Today’s News

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 - Yesterday’s News

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.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 12 July, 2014

From The Score Introducing Ireland’s 20-year-old female drag racing prodigy Interview

Introducing Ireland’s 20-year-old female drag racing prodigy

Despite barely being out of school, Gabrielle McDonald had already won the Triple British Championships.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 11 July, 2014

Varadkar: I don’t know if I’ll be able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine HSE

Varadkar: I don’t know if I’ll be able to turn the poison chalice into sweet wine

The new Minister for Health says he will need a full financial year to turn the Department around – everything going to plan.

In numbers: the Cabinet reshuffle

What’s the average age of a Cabinet member? And how many are from Dublin?

Here are 9 things you need to know about the Cabinet reshuffle

Analysis: The Cabinet’s female membership is doubled but will Labour rue taking on Environment?

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 8 July, 2014

Leo Varadkar was throwing serious shade at Mary Lou McDonald last night

With the reshuffle imminent, the Transport Minister had a question for the Sinn Féin deputy leader.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 July, 2014

Council says Garth Brooks decision ‘cannot be amended or appealed’

The singer said last night that it’s five shows or nothing. The tourism minister says there’s no reason why the three scheduled gigs shouldn’t take place.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 3 July, 2014

James Reilly just doesn’t know if he’ll be Minister for Health next week

Reilly insisted today he will be happy to serve wherever the Taoiseach asks him to.

What are the main issues surrounding fertility in Ireland?

The Health Committee will meet with representatives from the National Infertility Support and Information Group, but what else is happening in Leinster House today?

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 2 July, 2014

‘It’s like an army general giving orders: You do what you’re told’ – Varadkar

The Transport Minister has been talking about the upcoming reshuffle, the Rugby World Cup and why he prefers Frances Fitzgerald to Alan Shatter.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 30 June, 2014

We asked these two ministers who they’d like Ireland’s next European Commissioner to be*

* But neither of them wanted to answer the question.

Ministers celebrate 10 years of the Luas by eating cake and listening to gospel music Hard Work This post contains videos

‘It’s not on the agenda’: The government won’t be getting rid of the Free Travel Scheme

Leo Varadkar was insistent today that taking away the Free Travel Pass is not going to happen.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 27 June, 2014

Galway-Dublin cycle route takes shape as preferred final stretch revealed

The transport minister has said it is hoped the final section will run through Shannonbridge, Loughrea, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Oranmore to the Galway coast.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 26 June, 2014

‘We might need the stretcher for the reshuffle’: €200,000 boost for mountain rescue teams SOS

How should Irish adoption laws be changed?

Representatives from a number of groups will address the Health Committee on this issue today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 25 June, 2014

“Hands off”: Older voters send warning to Government on Free Travel Pass

The scheme is currently being reviewed, but Age Action is warning that any negative changes will be vehemently opposed by older people.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 23 June, 2014

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

What are the chances of the Adare bypass being built anytime soon? (Hint: Not great)

The saga of the planned bypass is almost as long as the tailbacks that dog for the scenic Limerick village on bank holiday weekends.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 16 June, 2014

Byrne’s parting message: Road deaths WILL increase unless gardaí get more resources

The veteran broadcaster, who is stepping down as RSA chairman, said it had been “very hard to get through to the people in Justice” on the issue.

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