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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 8 August, 2018

'I never gave a damn what the Church thought about me being gay'

Rory Cowan says people who disagree with the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on gay people should refuse to engage with the institution.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 7 August, 2018

Boys to get HPV vaccine in 2019

The Taoiseach said plans are already getting underway to rolling out the vaccine to boys.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 August, 2018

Welfare increase, carbon tax rise and more take home pay: Here's what's coming in Budget 2019

Speaking during his summer briefing with the media, Leo Varadkar outlined a number of measures being worked on for October’s Budget.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 5 August, 2018

Leo Varadkar: 'There will be no burqa ban in Ireland'

Denmark, France and Belgium are just some of the countries that have banned the burqa.

Taoiseach says he will raise clerical abuse with Pope if he gets opportunity

Pope Francis is travelling to Ireland later this month for two days to take part in the World Meetings of Families.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 4 August, 2018

Fines could be introduced to deal with Dublin Bus passengers who refuse to fold up buggies for wheelchair users

The Oireachtas Committee was told recently that everyday people are refusing to fold up their prams to allow wheelchair users on board.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 2 August, 2018

State accused of 'hiding behind' Cervical Check scandal victims as they battle labs in court

Stephen Teap, whose wife was affected by the scandal and has since died, says Varadkar needs to get ahead of the situation.

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you think grandparents should get cash for helping out with childcare?

The idea of the Grandparent and Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme was raised with the Taoiseach this week.

Taoiseach says there's 'no evidence of a land bubble' in Ireland

Leo Varadkar said it is something the government will keep an eye on.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 1 August, 2018

Vicky Phelan: Varadkar assured me the State will try to settle CervicalCheck cases out of court

The Limerick woman met the Taoiseach today.

Shane Ross defends proposal to give grandparents cash for helping out with childcare

The proposal attracted criticism Grandchild Expenses Reimbursement Scheme will be in the region of €1,000 per year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 31 July, 2018

Ruth Morrissey's situation 'more hopeful' as doctors plan course of radical radiotherapy

Ruth Morrissey has been told her cancer will progress to terminal within a year.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 30 July, 2018

Taoiseach says he 'should have been clearer' over CervicalCheck court comments

Varadkar promised in May that pending cases over the ongoing scandal would be be dealt with through mediation.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 28 July, 2018

A Brexit timeline: How much time is actually left to strike a deal?

Here’s what’s happened so far, and what’s still to come in the Brexit negotiations.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 25 July, 2018

Up to 150 homosexuality convictions could be overturned under Government proposals

Last month, the Government apologised to men historically convicted of engaging in consensual same-sex activity.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 20 July, 2018

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies?

The UK’s Sun newspaper carried the front page “Irish PM: I’ll ban British planes as revenge for Brexit”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 July, 2018

Doctors say emergency departments are 'death zones' due to overcrowding

The Irish Medical Organisation has said that additional resources are needed immediately.

1,000 new customs and veterinary inspectors need to be hired in preparation for Brexit - Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was speaking after a Cabinet meeting at Derrynane in Co Kerry.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 15 July, 2018

Leo wanted the HSE to save money by re-using crutches, but was told it was a non-runner

The Taoiseach said the government will be looking with ‘laser-like detail’ at how to get value for money in the health service.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 July, 2018

Taoiseach says gardaí will have to work 'anti-social' hours for the good of society

Leo Varadkar said there are 600 more gardaí now than two years ago.

TDs are off on their summer holidays today

The Dáil will return in September

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 11 July, 2018

'He deserves a second term': Fine Gael to support Michael D Higgins' bid for re-election

Fianna Fáil has also said it will support the incumbent president.

Taoiseach 'appalled' that comment referring to 'knacker children' not removed by Facebook

The Taoiseach made the comment as he launched the government’s new online safety strategy, which will see Facebook and Google on an advisory panel.

Taoiseach says he'll consider law banning convicted sex offenders from using dating apps

Leo Varadkar said he would examine the proposal in detail.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Taoiseach says 'women in the home' reference in the Constitution is 'sexist, anachronistic language'

Varadkar said it is time to separate the idea that women are inherently linked to caring and family roles.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 4 July, 2018

'Trump should have no place in your remarks about Irish media, Taoiseach'

The naivety of putting the word ‘sympathy’ in proximity to the US President’s take on journalism is breathtaking, writes the editor of TheJournal.ie.

Varadkar says he 'profoundly regrets' if anyone thinks he doesn't support a free press in Ireland

There had been calls for him to clarify his remarks.

'Bizarre': Heavy criticism of Taoiseach's remark that he 'sympathises with Trump on media'

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach insisted his comments were being quoted out of context.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 3 July, 2018

Bono warns UN is 'under attack' as he issues rallying call for Irish security council seat

Leo Varadkar and Mary Robinson also made speeches calling for Ireland to win a seat on the UN Security Council.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 2 July, 2018

Leo pays tribute to the 88 Irish peacekeepers who never made it home

Today, Leo Varadkar launched Ireland’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

Bono gives shoutout to Irish security council bid during Madison Square Garden concert

A formal launch event for Ireland’s bid to the UN Security Council will take place today.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 1 July, 2018

U2 concert on agenda as Varadkar and Coveney plot charm offensive to win UN security council seat

The Irish government is aiming to win a non-permanent seat on the security council for 2021-2022.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 June, 2018

Poll: Leo will be cheering for Belgium against England tonight ... how about you? Lunch Crunch This post contains a poll

Poll: Leo will be cheering for Belgium against England tonight ... how about you?

A reporter shouted the question at the Taoiseach as he attended an event in Brussels.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 27 June, 2018

'According to the papers, Katherine Zappone practises witchcraft and now Josepha is saying mass'

Varadkar was speaking today at the National Economic Dialogue.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 June, 2018

HSE spends nearly €1m a day paying agency nurses and doctors

Every day, the HSE spends over €800,000 on agency staff.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 25 June, 2018

M50 operating with traffic levels that weren't expected until the mid-2020s

Transport Infrastructure Ireland boss said there has been a ‘huge increase’ in M50 traffic in the last four years.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 24 June, 2018

Poll: Do you want a general election this year? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want a general election this year?

Fine Gael is reportedly preparing itself for a snap election.

Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions Defence Forces This post contains videos

Pride and sacrifice: Marking 60 years of Irish participation in peacekeeping missions

Ireland holds the record for the longest unbroken peacekeeping service of any nation in the world.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 21 June, 2018

'Ireland stands at the heart of Europe' - Juncker tells Dáil EU is behind Ireland

Juncker today held a meeting with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Jean-Claude Juncker is in town to talk to Leo about Brexit

The President of the European Commission will also address members of the Dáil and Seanad.

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