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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Yesterday’s News

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure
# Merrion Hotel
# Merrion Hotel

Katherine Zappone says she will not accept UN envoy role after days of mounting political pressure

Updated 16 hours ago 116,492 Views 216 Comments
  • Political pressure has mounted since it emerged Zappone held an event for 50 people before being appointed.
  • The Merrion Hotel, where the event was hosted, said that all Covid-19 guidelines were followed at the event.
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has released a statement saying he was only in attendance for 45 minutes.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy
# Katherine Zappone
# Katherine Zappone

Varadkar and Coveney 'accept responsibility' for oversight in appointing Zappone special envoy

Jul 28th 2021, 12:40 PM 56,825 Views 124 Comments

Varadkar said Zappone approached Coveney about the position.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 23 July, 2021

Varadkar says steep rise in case numbers expected but 'we won't have to reimpose restrictions'
# Delta Wave
# Delta Wave

Varadkar says steep rise in case numbers expected but 'we won't have to reimpose restrictions'

Jul 23rd 2021, 2:25 PM 21,416 Views 58 Comments

The link between case numbers and hospitalisations, ICU admissions and deaths has been “significantly weakened”, he said.

Regulations and guidance for indoor dining will be ready today or over the weekend, says Tánaiste
# Pubs And Restaurants
# Pubs And Restaurants

Regulations and guidance for indoor dining will be ready today or over the weekend, says Tánaiste

Jul 23rd 2021, 1:46 PM 8,848 Views 11 Comments

A meeting involving the hospitality industry and government officials is taking place today.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 22 July, 2021

Varadkar apologises to those who have had a 'bad experience' with the Digital Covid Cert helpline
# Going Abroad
# Going Abroad

Varadkar apologises to those who have had a 'bad experience' with the Digital Covid Cert helpline

Updated Jul 22nd 2021, 4:58 PM 26,100 Views 65 Comments

The Tánaiste also said 17,000 certs have been reissued after an “error” with the fada in peoples’ names.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 15 July, 2021

Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Government aims to reopen indoor hospitality on 26 July

Updated Jul 15th 2021, 4:34 PM 33,882 Views 95 Comments

‘There is a need for personal responsibility, we need to trust people as well,’ said Micheál Martin.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 13 July, 2021

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone
# Indoor Dining
# Indoor Dining

Leo Varadkar says 105 minute time-limit for pubs and restaurants is 'under review' and he wants it gone

Jul 13th 2021, 6:38 PM 43,286 Views 58 Comments

The Tánaiste denied that the time limit had no scientific basis.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 12 July, 2021

Micheál Martin brushes off suggestion he won't take over as Tánaiste under 'rotating Taoiseach' deal
# FF Leadership
# FF Leadership

Micheál Martin brushes off suggestion he won't take over as Tánaiste under 'rotating Taoiseach' deal

Jul 12th 2021, 5:52 PM 24,426 Views 19 Comments

Questions have been asked about the leadership of the Fianna Fáil party since the dismal result in Dublin Bay South.

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

New unemployment payment linked to past working history pushed out to 2023

Jul 12th 2021, 4:31 PM 37,480 Views 20 Comments

Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys said today that the plans will not be included in Budget 2022.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 6 July, 2021

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert
# DIGITAL COVID CERT
# DIGITAL COVID CERT

Call centre will allow those recovered from Covid to call up to receive travel cert

Updated Jul 6th 2021, 9:50 PM 86,385 Views 127 Comments
  • Eligible people are to receive their cert automatically by email or by post
  • Government warns there may be 'teething problems'
  • The cert may be used as the basis for a Vaccine Passport for hospitality but Transport Minister says they are 'separate' issues
Varadkar on Delta wave: 'We need to avoid getting back into a spiral of fear'
# Covid-19
# Covid-19

Varadkar on Delta wave: 'We need to avoid getting back into a spiral of fear'

Jul 6th 2021, 1:58 PM 29,513 Views 60 Comments

The Tánaiste said that people should expect case numbers to “increase dramatically”.

Insurance report going to Cabinet today notes average pay out has decreased by approximately 50%
# Insurance Costs
# Insurance Costs

Insurance report going to Cabinet today notes average pay out has decreased by approximately 50%

Jul 6th 2021, 6:15 AM 13,934 Views 31 Comments

A progress report on how government is tackling rising insurance costs will go to Cabinet today.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 24 June, 2021

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar urges Central Bank to get mortgage lending rules review done 'as soon as possible'

Jun 24th 2021, 3:08 PM 16,876 Views 54 Comments

The rules restrict the amount someone can borrow to 3.5 times their income, though there are exemptions.

Tánaiste says government has not considered alternative sites for the National Maternity Hospital
# St Vincent's Hospital
# St Vincent's Hospital

Tánaiste says government has not considered alternative sites for the National Maternity Hospital

Jun 24th 2021, 2:10 PM 6,754 Views 19 Comments

Varadkar said the government wants to own the hospital, and “ideally the land”.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 23 June, 2021

Spare AstraZeneca vaccines may be given to younger age groups due to Delta concerns - Varadkar
# Over 18s
# Over 18s

Spare AstraZeneca vaccines may be given to younger age groups due to Delta concerns - Varadkar

Jun 23rd 2021, 2:15 PM 24,968 Views 39 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said there is engagement with NIAC over this consideration.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 22 June, 2021

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant
# On Track
# On Track

No plans to delay 5 July reopening as Cabinet discusses Delta variant

Updated Jun 22nd 2021, 5:57 PM 21,203 Views 33 Comments

Sources say there is no need for some of the comments around the variant to “scare” or panic people.

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad
# Free To Go
# Free To Go

Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad

Jun 22nd 2021, 6:10 AM 67,611 Views 37 Comments

Tanaiste Leo Varadkar clarified yesterday that young people who are not fully vaccinated can travel abroad this summer, despite the chief medical officer Tony Holohan giving advice to the contrary last week.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed
# Housing
# Housing

Varadkar says Fine Gael's 40,000 new homes a year target is not government policy but has been discussed

Jun 20th 2021, 1:59 PM 23,188 Views 112 Comments

Yesterday the Tánaiste told the Fine Gael Ard Fhéis that he was setting a target of 70% home-ownership.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 19 June, 2021

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade
# Ard Fheis
# Ard Fheis

Tánaiste sets target of 70% home-ownership by end of this decade

Jun 19th 2021, 6:08 PM 28,186 Views 100 Comments

This would require 40,000 new homes built each year.

New location may need to be found for National Maternity Hospital, says Tánaiste
# Elm Park
# Elm Park

New location may need to be found for National Maternity Hospital, says Tánaiste

Jun 19th 2021, 3:27 PM 40,137 Views 69 Comments

The Sisters of Charity said it has never been contacted by the Government or the State to discuss purchasing the site.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 15 June, 2021

Varadkar: Fine Gael should establish a branch in Northern Ireland
# United Ireland
# United Ireland

Varadkar: Fine Gael should establish a branch in Northern Ireland

Jun 15th 2021, 7:56 PM 18,998 Views 78 Comments
  • The Tánaiste addressed Fine Gael members at the party's Ard Fheis this evening.
  • He said Fine Gael should set up a branch in Northern Ireland to recuit members.
  • On a united Ireland, he said he believes "in the unification of our island and I believe it can happen in my lifetime".

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere
# Taoiseach
# Taoiseach

Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 6:53 PM 36,474 Views 32 Comments
  • Micheál Martin says the government will decide by July if it can 'do more than we signalled'
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has reportedly asked NPHET to consider a phased return to offices in August
  • Business group DublinTown says outdoor dining has improved the atmosphere in the city
  • Galway councillor suggests 'designated areas' for outdoor drinking

# leo-varadkar - Friday 4 June, 2021

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
# Dup Leader
# Dup Leader

Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 8:02 AM 64,443 Views 91 Comments

The Taoiseach says the two party leaders had “an open exchange of view” this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 2 June, 2021

Tánaiste tells colleagues that LPT will reduce for some south Dublin homeowners amid by-election fears
# Party Meetings
# Party Meetings

Tánaiste tells colleagues that LPT will reduce for some south Dublin homeowners amid by-election fears

Jun 2nd 2021, 9:48 PM 23,534 Views 48 Comments

A Dublin Bay South by-election will take place this year after Eoghan Murphy stepped down as a TD.

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled
# Housing
# Housing

Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled

Jun 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 31,969 Views 82 Comments

The majority of homeowners will see a €90 increase in their tax bill next year.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 1 June, 2021

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year

Jun 1st 2021, 11:13 PM 8,492 Views 14 Comments

The payment is due to be abolished next February.

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions
# Social Welfare
# Social Welfare

Government plans to link unemployment payments to past working history and PRSI contributions

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,471 Views 45 Comments

With the phasing out of the PUP, government is keen to bring in pay-related unemployment payments.

Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid
# PUP
# PUP

Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid

Updated Jun 1st 2021, 2:15 PM 30,797 Views 85 Comments
  • The Pandemic Unemployment Payment will be phased out as part of the Covid-19 stimulus plan
  • The Covid wage subsidy scheme will be extended until the end of the year
  • Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the pandemic caused "the most rapid and dramatic recession recorded outside of the world wars"

# leo-varadkar - Monday 31 May, 2021

Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September
# Recovery Plan
# Recovery Plan

Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September

May 31st 2021, 9:55 PM 29,848 Views 56 Comments

The PUP will be closed off to new applicants from July as the country begins to emerge from the Covid pandemic.

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,404 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 28 May, 2021

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
# Renting
# Renting

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends

Updated May 28th 2021, 2:07 PM 81,412 Views 115 Comments
  • Measures that provided for a rent freeze for those in financial trouble were implemented during the pandemic.
  • In Rent Pressure Zones, the maximum rent increase permitted is 4% per annum.
  • Where a landlord carries out a rent review for the first time in two years in an RPZ, a total increase of 8% increase can apply.
'It's not an outdoors-only summer': Cabinet to discuss easing of restrictions on travel and dining
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

'It's not an outdoors-only summer': Cabinet to discuss easing of restrictions on travel and dining

May 28th 2021, 10:18 AM 20,959 Views 43 Comments
  • Leo Varadkar has said that pubs and restaurants that serve people outdoors in June can still claim the CRSS.
  • Aontú TD Peadar Tóibín has hit out at the plans: “A pint in a pub is no more dangerous than a pint in a hotel."
  • The Government is expecting that 60% of the adult population will be fully vaccinated by the end of July.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 27 May, 2021

Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'
# Vaccine Target
# Vaccine Target

Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'

Updated May 27th 2021, 3:05 PM 41,378 Views 70 Comments
  • Health Minister accused of 'dropping a bombshell' in the Dáil
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar says the government will provide 'revised targets' tomorrow
  • Ireland likely to only receive half of the planned 470,000 J&J doses by end of June
  • HSE says 2.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses have been administered to date
Varadkar confirms pub and restaurant rules around time limits will be reviewed in a 'few weeks'
# Summer Review
# Summer Review

Varadkar confirms pub and restaurant rules around time limits will be reviewed in a 'few weeks'

May 27th 2021, 2:39 PM 25,853 Views 22 Comments

There was fury from TDs both inside and outside government over the new rules.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year
# PUP
# PUP

Government considering phasing out pandemic supports in the final quarter of the year

May 26th 2021, 8:30 PM 20,933 Views 21 Comments

Leo Varadkar said there would be no dramatic changes. An announcement will be made on Tuesday.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 23 May, 2021

Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the country, according to poll
# Opinion Poll
# Opinion Poll

Sinn Féin is the most popular political party in the country, according to poll

May 23rd 2021, 10:02 AM 59,045 Views 183 Comments

Mary Lou McDonald’s party has seen a slight dip in support but is still ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 19 May, 2021

'No time limits' for beer gardens says Varadkar as Dublin's Merrion Row gets summer on-street dining
# The Big Reopening
# The Big Reopening

'No time limits' for beer gardens says Varadkar as Dublin's Merrion Row gets summer on-street dining

Updated May 19th 2021, 6:12 PM 58,294 Views 41 Comments

Varadkar said he hopes that indoor dining could return in “early July”.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 16 May, 2021

Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South
# Litmus Test
# Litmus Test

Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South

May 16th 2021, 7:30 AM 27,392 Views 39 Comments

Questions could be asked as to whether O’Callaghan is the right man for the job if the party performs poorly.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 12 May, 2021

Leo Varadkar suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'
# Vaccine Rollout
# Vaccine Rollout

Leo Varadkar suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'

Updated May 12th 2021, 7:49 PM 62,508 Views 80 Comments

The Tánaiste made the comments at a Fine Gael meeting this evening.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 11 May, 2021

Varadkar tells publicans: 'We want to make sure you never have to close again'
# The Pubs
# The Pubs

Varadkar tells publicans: 'We want to make sure you never have to close again'

May 11th 2021, 6:13 PM 34,138 Views 39 Comments

The Tánaiste said he’d dare to put money on pubs re-opening indoors in July.

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