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#Leaders' Questions

# leaders-questions - Thursday 26 November, 2020

Vulture funds are 'preying on the misery and distress' of farmers

The Tánaiste said if people borrow money, they have a responsibility to pay it back.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 19 November, 2020

Leo Varadkar 'didn't know the names' of the other people interested in Seamus Woulfe role

The Tánaiste faced numerous question on the ongoing controversy today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 5 November, 2020

Government considering whether to make it mandatory for a person to restrict their movements

Varadkar said it is under consideration for “certain circumstances”.

Varadkar accused of throwing former NAGP president ‘under the bus'

Leo Varadkar says he does not “as standard” retain text messages, but retains official emails

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 6 October, 2020

'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes Rural Independent Group This post contains videos

'Goddammit that's an awful thing to say': Sparks fly between Taoiseach and Healy-Raes

Taoiseach Micheál Martin subsequently apologised to Michael Healy-Rae.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 1 October, 2020

Eamon Ryan defends decision not to inform Cabinet about Leaving Cert error

The controversy was described as a “shambles” in the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 28 July, 2020

'There is no agenda here': Taoiseach open to a review of PUP cases that were cut off due to travel

A number of concerns about how welfare payments were cut if citizens travelled abroad have been raised.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 16 July, 2020

Tánaiste says there is no guarantee that pubs will reopen on 10 August

“There’s a big difference between Portmagee and Dame Lane,” said TD Michael Healy Rae.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 9 July, 2020

Varadkar says he told banks he would come down on them 'like a tonne of bricks' if they make mortgage break profit

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty raised the issue of the banks charging interest on mortgages that have availed of pandemic payment breaks.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 8 July, 2020

Taoiseach says Debenhams has treated its Irish workers 'very badly'

Some 1,500 Debenhams workers in Ireland have lost their jobs.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 7 July, 2020

Taoiseach 'very concerned' about reported circumstances of Meath nursing home resident's death

Micheál Martin says Hiqa should compile a report on what happened.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 26 November, 2019

'Failing Ireland's children': Hospitals postpone surgeries due to virus, flu and vomiting bug outbreaks

Fianna Fáil’s Micheál Martin hit out against the Taoiseach today stating that waiting lists for children are “quite shocking”.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 7 November, 2019

Government was only told of RTÉ cuts plan this morning - Simon Coveney

Fianna Fáil deputy leader Dara Calleary told the Tánaiste that “Good media is dying on the vine while you whistle by the graveyard”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

TDs must be in designated seats for Dáil votes to take place for time being, Ceann Comhairle says

Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl addressed the Dáil on the matter before Leaders’ Questions today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 1 October, 2019

Taoiseach says it would have been a sign of 'bad faith' had Johnson not distanced himself from Brexit non-papers

The Taoiseach’s comments come after reports that the UK’s proposal to replace the backstop is a series of customs posts.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 18 September, 2019

Public Services Card no longer needed to apply for a passport

The Taoiseach says the Data Commissioner has declined to meet with Minister Doherty.

# leaders-questions - Sunday 28 July, 2019

Eamon Ryan interview: 'Sometimes Leo's inner neo-liberal comes out'

The Green Party leader spoke to TheJournal.ie while on a clean up in Donnybrook.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Tánaiste says stricter online safety rules are needed: 'The days of self-regulation are over'

Calls for an online safety Oireachtas committee were heard in the Dáil today.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 18 June, 2019

Mary Lou McDonald asks Michael Noonan to clarify if he described Majella Moynihan case as 'internal garda matter'

Noonan was minister for justice during the period Majella Moynihan faced censure.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 27 February, 2019

Taoiseach says final tender for broadband plan is 'many multiples' of the original estimated cost

The Taoiseach said he will make a decision on the final bidder before Easter.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 26 February, 2019

Dáil hears calls for research to be carried out into familicide in Ireland

There were also calls for the HSE and Tusla to be included in the new garda review of murders in the home.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 19 February, 2019

Pregnant woman with '15% chance of delivery' given list of UK hospitals to get abortion, Dáil hears Portiuncula Hospital This post contains videos

Pregnant woman with '15% chance of delivery' given list of UK hospitals to get abortion, Dáil hears

Ruth Coppinger TD told the Dáil she had been contacted by a woman who shared her story.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 12 February, 2019

'One or two' contractors Varadkar would not like to see get a public State contract again

Work is underway to ensure the public procurement process is more robust, particularly for large-scale projects.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 23 January, 2019

Some smear tests to be repeated due to backlog resulting in samples expiring

Simon Harris had been warned on numerous occasions that his announcement of free repeat smear tests was “dangerous” .

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 15 January, 2019

Nurses' strike, hospital costs and housing: Leo questioned about the big problems facing him in 2019

Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty said the staff of Irish hospitals have acted with responsibility and in a mature manner and stated that the government has decided to “disengage”.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 18 December, 2018

'It doesn't take very long for your balaclava to slip': Ructions in Dáil as Taoiseach and Doherty discuss Roscommon eviction

Leo Varadkar claimed that “when it comes to law and order” and the Sinn Féin party, “It doesn’t take very long for your balaclava to slip.”

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 20 November, 2018

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 13 November, 2018

Black lace thong held up in the Dáil as TD raises controversial rape trial comments

TD Ruth Coppinger said it was time for ‘rape myths’ to be dispelled with in court cases,

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 6 November, 2018

Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach

The Taoiseach says hospitals effectively close down over the Christmas period and that needs to end.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 18 October, 2018

'Unacceptable': Minister told Illness Benefit delays means some people have no money to buy food

Howlin said calls to the Social Protection helpline have been going unanswered.

'Not good enough': Tánaiste apologises to women for 18-week delay for their smear test results

Due to the upsurge in the number of women presenting for their smear test, there is now a backlog of 60,000.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 11 October, 2018

Taoiseach 'satisfied' with Denis Naughten's account of dinner with Broadband Plan bidder - for now

Naughten has been under pressure after it emerged he attended a dinner with David McCourt in July.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 4 October, 2018

Simon Coveney says the government's 'hugely ambitious' social housing programme is working

Coveney was standing in for Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who is in Brussels to meet the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 2 October, 2018

Taoiseach on DUP leader's belief the Good Friday Agreement can be changed: 'It is not up for negotiation'

She also said that fears about how Brexit will affect Ireland was turning people off the idea.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 18 September, 2018

Taoiseach slaps down proposal to ban people taking photos of gardaí on duty

Leo Varadkar said he wanted to give assurances today that such a measure is not being considered by government.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 12 June, 2018

'Revenue are counting the chip bags coming out of chip shops' - Taoiseach defends use of PIs to investigate consultants

The hiring of private investigators by government departments was reported upon in last weekend’s Sunday Business Post.

# leaders-questions - Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Abortion legislation expected to be law by January 2019

The first Dáil sitting since the country voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment takes place this afternoon.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 10 May, 2018

'It seared the soul of our country': Emotional scenes as Emma Mhic Mhathúna's interview raised in the Dáil

“It is a stain on all our doors, it is a stain on all of us,” Labour’s Alan Kelly told his Dáil colleagues today.

# leaders-questions - Thursday 3 May, 2018

'Make them go minister - or else you go' - Calls for heads to roll in CervicalCheck scandal

The issue dominated large chunks of Leaders’ Questions today.

# leaders-questions - Wednesday 2 May, 2018

Leo Varadkar confirms redress scheme for women affected by the smear test controversy

The Taoiseach said the government still do not know all the facts surrounding the CervicalCheck scandal.

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