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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 28 March, 2020

Taoiseach clarifies that 2km limit just for exercise, and confirms takeaways will stay open

“No need to do all shopping or stockpile this morning,” the Taoiseach said.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 27 March, 2020

Taoiseach tells everyone in Ireland to stay at home for two weeks from midnight tonight, with only specific listed exemptions

A further 302 cases of Covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland were confirmed this evening.

Covid-19: ICUs will be at capacity within a few days, says Taoiseach

Varadkar also said that construction sites that cannot implement social distancing should be shut down.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 26 March, 2020

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

This Covid-19 information booklet will be delivered to every home in the country

Simon Harris says there is a lot of misinformation out there about the guidelines.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 24 March, 2020

Coronavirus: These are the 'essential retail outlets' that can stay open

The Department of An Taoiseach provided an indicative list this afternoon.

From The42 Irish horse racing to be shut down as Taoiseach bans all sporting events Covid-19

Irish horse racing to be shut down as Taoiseach bans all sporting events

Race meetings have still been taking place behind closed doors, but that will stop after today’s announcement.

Private hospitals will be made public for duration of coronavirus pandemic

The State will take control of all private hospital facilities.

Leo Varadkar: Gardaí will be more visible on the streets 'encouraging groups to disperse'

Varadkar said gardaí would not be employing “coercion”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 19 March, 2020

School closures may be extended into April or May, Taoiseach tells Fine Gael TDs

Leo Varadkar also spoke with Prime Minister Boris Johnson this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 March, 2020

Explainer: What did Leo Varadkar mean when he spoke about 'cocooning' the ill and elderly?

The Taoiseach spoke about the plan last night.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 17 March, 2020

Cabinet approves emergency Covid-19 legislation ahead of Thursday's Dáil sitting

Leo Varadkar and President Michael D Higgins met this afternoon to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the coronavirus.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 15 March, 2020

Taoiseach may seek special powers to close pubs and nightclubs over Covid-19

Images on social media showed busy pubs around the country last night despite recommendations against indoor gatherings.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 13 March, 2020

Coronavirus: From water to electricity, vital services shouldn't be interrupted in the coming weeks

Public transport will all be running as normal too.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 March, 2020

'Better safe than sorry': Leo's White House visit with elbow bumps, namaste and warnings to stop panic buying

The issue of coronavirus dominated proceedings in Washington for this year’s St Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Minister says three pillar banks 'will support businesses' through coronavirus crisis

Heather Humphreys said there will be emergency working capital and payment flexibility on borrowings.

Leo Varadkar has met with Donald Trump in the Oval Office (they didn't shake hands)

Varadkar is expected to return to Ireland later today.

What the new Covid-19 government measures mean for workers

People are being advised to work from home if possible from 6pm today.

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now

Health Minister Simon Harris said that it was based on crucial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team last night.

From The42 Irish sport facing blanket shutdown as government issues advice on outdoor gatherings Coronavirus

Irish sport facing blanket shutdown as government issues advice on outdoor gatherings

Finding a space in the calendar to finish off the GAA’s National Leagues may prove impossible.

The annual White House shamrock reception has been cancelled

Leo Varadkar will still meet with Donald Trump but the usual reception will not take place.

Taoiseach thanks US House Speaker for Brexit position: 'Nancy Pelosi's words matter'

Varadkar said her standpoint during a testing time in the Brexit negotiations “was timely, invaluable, and made a huge difference”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 11 March, 2020

Varadkar to raise issue of undocumented Irish in US during meeting with Trump

Varadkar will commence his US St Patrick’s Day trip in Washington DC.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 10 March, 2020

50 cases on island of Ireland, advice against all travel to Italy: Today's Covid-19 main points

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said yesterday that we could “easily” see half the Irish population contract the virus.

New York's St Patrick's Day parade still set to go ahead despite coronavirus concerns

The Taoiseach cancelled the New York leg of his US trip yesterday.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 8 March, 2020

Donald Trump skipping traditional St Patrick's lunch but will still meet with Leo Varadkar

The House Speaker traditionally hosts the lunch.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 7 March, 2020

'Some validity' in criticism of Fine Gael Seanad candidates, says Varadkar

The party has 11 female candidates running for election in the Seanad.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 6 March, 2020

No recommendation to cancel major events at this stage, says Taoiseach

He made the comment this evening during a press briefing.

Explainer: What supports are in place for workers who get Covid-19 or have to self-isolate?

A Cabinet subcommittee will discuss proposals for worker supports on Monday.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 4 March, 2020

Fianna Fáil says it stands ready to begin government formation talks with Fine Gael

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil concluded a day-long meeting where policy issues

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 3 March, 2020

Mary Lou says letter to Leo is on the way after Taoiseach accused SF of snubbing talks offer

McDonald says she will return to the Dail on Thursday.

In full: Here’s where the Taoiseach and our ministers are going for St Patrick’s Day

There are far fewer trips this year than before.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 2 March, 2020

Pressure mounts to hold fresh vote for Taoiseach this week

As of yet, no submission has been made to the Business Committee.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 1 March, 2020

Mary Lou is hoping to ride the crest of a wave of support all the way to the US this Patrick's Day

The party has never had much trouble in drumming up support in the States – though this year’s election result is likely to add to its publicity.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Fine Gael meeting hears party 'wouldn't be worse off' by another election and might even pick up more seats

Concerned TDs also voiced concerns that Green Party policies would be a hard sell in rural Ireland.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to hold a one-day policy seminar next week

The Dáil will reconvene on 5 March to discuss the European Council meeting and the Coronavirus outbreak.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 25 February, 2020

Varadkar and Martin agree to meet again while Sinn Féin and Green Party talk policy for 7.5 hours

More talks today but we’re still no closer to a government.

Hundreds of people attend Sinn Féin rally in Cork

Sinn Féin meetings are planned across the country in the coming weeks.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 24 February, 2020

Government urged to do more on flooding impact as Varadkar visits stricken areas

The Irish Farmers Association said the Taoiseach’s visit had an element of “trying to close the stable door after the horse had bolted”.

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