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#Leo Varadkar

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 10 August, 2022

'Substantial income tax reductions' pledged in Budget 2023
# Cost Of Living Crisis
# Cost Of Living Crisis

'Substantial income tax reductions' pledged in Budget 2023

Updated Wed 4:23 PM 65,796 Views 76 Comments

A third rate to target middle-income workers is one option outlined in the Tax Strategy Group papers.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 26 July, 2022

Government leaders fail to reach agreement on agriculture emissions reduction targets
# Climate Action
# Climate Action

Government leaders fail to reach agreement on agriculture emissions reduction targets

Updated Jul 26th 2022, 8:14 PM 23,515 Views 63 Comments

Negotiations are set to continue tonight and tomorrow morning.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 20 July, 2022

New public holiday could cost Exchequer between €220m and €300m, says Varadkar
# St Brigid's Day
# St Brigid's Day

New public holiday could cost Exchequer between €220m and €300m, says Varadkar

Jul 20th 2022, 6:00 AM 32,802 Views 42 Comments

The first St. Brigid’s day public holiday will be Monday 6th February 2023.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 18 July, 2022

John Lahart TD says he doesn't expect Micheál Martin to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election
# General Election
# General Election

John Lahart TD says he doesn't expect Micheál Martin to lead Fianna Fáil into the next election

Jul 18th 2022, 12:12 PM 14,233 Views 29 Comments

TD John McGuinness said yesterday that Micheál Martin should step down as party leader in December.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 15 July, 2022

Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik
# Fire Safety
# Fire Safety

Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik

Jul 15th 2022, 9:07 AM 15,230 Views 34 Comments

Government will have to provide assistance, Leo Varadkar has said.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 13 July, 2022

New sick pay law to guarantee all workers three days paid sick leave once commenced
# Sick Pay
# Sick Pay

New sick pay law to guarantee all workers three days paid sick leave once commenced

Jul 13th 2022, 5:33 PM 23,633 Views 12 Comments

This is the first time Ireland has had a statutory sick pay scheme.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 9 July, 2022

Immunologist says boosters must be used 'at the right time' to protect against winter Covid wave
# Coronavirus
# Coronavirus

Immunologist says boosters must be used 'at the right time' to protect against winter Covid wave

Jul 9th 2022, 12:05 AM 33,979 Views 41 Comments

Professor Christine Loscher told The Journal that there needs to be a “coordinated response” to deal with future waves of the virus.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 7 July, 2022

Varadkar hits out at 'sworn political opponents' as DPP directs no charges in GP leak affair
# Response
# Response

Varadkar hits out at 'sworn political opponents' as DPP directs no charges in GP leak affair

Jul 7th 2022, 9:57 AM 18,621 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar says allegations against him are “politically motivated and often highly personalised

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 6 July, 2022

No charges brought against Leo Varadkar over GP contract leak, DPP directs
# Prosecution
# Prosecution

No charges brought against Leo Varadkar over GP contract leak, DPP directs

Jul 6th 2022, 7:56 PM 46,976 Views 38 Comments

The Tánaiste said this evening that he is “pleased at the outcome” of the Garda investigation.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 5 July, 2022

School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package
# Back To School
# Back To School

School transport fees to be waived for the year as Government announce back-to-school package

Updated Jul 5th 2022, 7:10 PM 61,144 Views 61 Comments

The proposal is set to cost €67 million.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 4 July, 2022

New low-cost loan scheme for small businesses announced by Government
# Small Businesses
# Small Businesses

New low-cost loan scheme for small businesses announced by Government

Jul 4th 2022, 10:19 AM 13,477 Views 9 Comments

Loans will be made available to businesses whose turnover or profit was impacted by more than 15% due to Covid-19.

# leo-varadkar - Sunday 3 July, 2022

Border poll ‘not appropriate' at this time, says Varadkar
# Poll Position
# Poll Position

Border poll ‘not appropriate' at this time, says Varadkar

Jul 3rd 2022, 12:42 PM 15,988 Views 41 Comments

The Tánaiste said he also wants clarity around when a referendum of Irish unity would be called.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 30 June, 2022

Varadkar says relations have never been as bad with UK government ministers
# NI Protocol
# NI Protocol

Varadkar says relations have never been as bad with UK government ministers

Jun 30th 2022, 9:44 PM 35,284 Views 53 Comments

The Tánaiste said he believes the UK is not being “even handed” over the Northern Ireland Protocol.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 23 June, 2022

AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

AG consulted on emergency law to provide more school places for children with special needs

Jun 23rd 2022, 3:30 PM 5,934 Views 5 Comments

The Government has faced criticism from parents and advocates about the difficulty in finding class places for children with additional needs.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 22 June, 2022

Tánaiste expects controversial €200m cheese plant to meet climate concerns as sod is turned
# Kilkenny
# Kilkenny

Tánaiste expects controversial €200m cheese plant to meet climate concerns as sod is turned

Jun 22nd 2022, 4:32 PM 21,838 Views 15 Comments

The plant is expected to create 80 full-time jobs and take in milk from 4,500 farmers.

Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect
# Russia
# Russia

Varadkar says Ireland has contingency plans if fuel rationing comes into effect

Jun 22nd 2022, 10:16 AM 27,741 Views 41 Comments

However, the Tánaiste said he doesn’t think the plans will need to be implemented.

High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'
# FEMPI
# FEMPI

High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'

Updated Jun 22nd 2022, 9:00 AM 45,752 Views 108 Comments

The public servants due to have their pay restored include medical consultants, members of the judiciary and some CEOs.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 21 June, 2022

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Help for renters, pension and social welfare increases as 'more room to manoeuvre' in Budget

Jun 21st 2022, 6:26 PM 33,908 Views 44 Comments

Taoiseach said renters “will be considered” in October’s budget.

Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000
# Budget 2023
# Budget 2023

Work underway to allow private sector workers to receive tax-free bonuses of up to €1,000

Jun 21st 2022, 2:50 PM 37,883 Views 36 Comments

Tánaiste confirmed to The Journal that the finance minister is working on the Budget proposal.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 20 June, 2022

Varadkar: 'I'm entitled to a due process and the presumption of innocence over guilt'
# Dáil Row
# Dáil Row

Varadkar: 'I'm entitled to a due process and the presumption of innocence over guilt'

Jun 20th 2022, 7:46 PM 44,338 Views 0 Comments

A senator said conversations that took place in the Dáil last week about arrests and prosecutions were ‘very stigmatising’.

New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'
# Grow Digital
# Grow Digital

New €85 million fund will 'help business go digital'

Jun 20th 2022, 6:00 AM 6,906 Views 2 Comments

€10 million will be available in 2022 and it will be administered by Enterprise Ireland.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 17 June, 2022

Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator
# Dail Spat
# Dail Spat

Varadkar's Dáil comments 'degraded' everyone who's made mistakes in their past, says Senator

Jun 17th 2022, 3:36 PM 63,096 Views 116 Comments

Senator Lynn Ruane said words said in the Dáil can target and impact communities.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 16 June, 2022

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

In bitter Dáil exchanges, Leo Varadkar says Pearse Doherty 'abused and mistreated' a garda

Updated Jun 16th 2022, 6:08 PM 59,051 Views 0 Comments

An Tánaiste accused the Sinn Féin TD of a “cheap shot” during Leaders’ Questions.

Varadkar 'not ruling out' new cost-of-living measures before Budget

Varadkar 'not ruling out' new cost-of-living measures before Budget

Updated Jun 16th 2022, 3:04 PM 32,014 Views 96 Comments

As things stand, the Tánaiste said the plan is still to wait until budget day in October.

Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste
# Taxi
# Taxi

Uber and Lyft could help with Ireland's taxi shortage, says Tánaiste

Jun 16th 2022, 1:35 PM 20,363 Views 0 Comments

Varadkar said other countries have other options than a taxi.

Leo Varadkar says he hopes RTÉ and Dublin Pride organisers can ‘sort out’ differences
# Liveline
# Liveline

Leo Varadkar says he hopes RTÉ and Dublin Pride organisers can ‘sort out’ differences

Jun 16th 2022, 12:35 PM 12,301 Views 0 Comments

The Tanaiste said “a lot of members of the trans community are very upset” about the Liveline radio discussions.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 15 June, 2022

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil
# Housing
# Housing

'President Higgins had to come out and call you to account': TDs attack Govt housing policy in Dáil

Jun 15th 2022, 1:33 PM 16,572 Views 48 Comments

President Michael D Higgins’ has described Ireland’s housing crisis as a “disaster”.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 14 June, 2022

'Not right' pay increases for workers should be gobbled up by tax, USC and PRSI, says Varadkar
# Income Tax
# Income Tax

'Not right' pay increases for workers should be gobbled up by tax, USC and PRSI, says Varadkar

Jun 14th 2022, 4:48 PM 30,491 Views 42 Comments

The Tánaiste says it is a Government commitment to index tax bands and credits.

Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Minimum wage set to be scrapped by 2026 as Government moves to implement living wage

Updated Jun 14th 2022, 1:28 PM 30,098 Views 73 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar announced the draft plan today.

# leo-varadkar - Friday 10 June, 2022

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge
# Cost Of Living
# Cost Of Living

Govt won't be dropping motorway tolls as part of its plan to tackle the cost-of-living surge

Jun 10th 2022, 12:05 AM 21,363 Views 49 Comments
  • A spokesperson for Minister Eamon Ryan has confirmed that there are no plans to reduce toll charges despite commuters facing crippling price hikes in fuel, reports Christina Finn.
  • Some in Govt circles say they are open to looking at reducing toll charges, but fear that such a proposal would not get past the Greens.
  • One Fine Gael TD says he is in favour of a toll reduction, saying it would help motorists that are under pressure.

# leo-varadkar - Monday 6 June, 2022

FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?
# Factfind
# Factfind

FactFind: Has the Irish Government done 'a lot more' than the UK to reduce the cost of living?

Jun 6th 2022, 12:05 AM 36,593 Views 0 Comments
  • Tánaiste Leo Varadkar made the claim last month - so we’ve decided to see whether Ireland has actually done more than the UK.
  • Varadkar said Ireland is "ahead of what’s being done in the United Kingdom” when comparing “like with like”.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 26 May, 2022

Varadkar to bring memo to Cabinet next month on introducing a living wage
# Living Wage
# Living Wage

Varadkar to bring memo to Cabinet next month on introducing a living wage

May 26th 2022, 10:09 PM 26,193 Views 40 Comments

‘What I want to do is bring in a living wage, do it as quickly as possible, but not in a way that has unintended consequences,’ the Tánaiste said.

Calls for public service staff to be redeployed to deal with high demand for passports
# Passport Delays
# Passport Delays

Calls for public service staff to be redeployed to deal with high demand for passports

May 26th 2022, 7:00 PM 14,345 Views 22 Comments

Minister of State Thomas Byrne said that 25,000 passports are being dispatched every week.

Government to investigate Ukrainian concerns over accommodation centres
# Ukrainian Refugees
# Ukrainian Refugees

Government to investigate Ukrainian concerns over accommodation centres

May 26th 2022, 6:51 PM 22,328 Views 7 Comments

Leo Varadkar said the issues raised by refugees will be looked into.

Varadkar defends Davos trip, says he 'flew commercial and stayed in a four star hotel'
# Alpine Summit
# Alpine Summit

Varadkar defends Davos trip, says he 'flew commercial and stayed in a four star hotel'

May 26th 2022, 4:41 PM 25,522 Views 17 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Taoiseach Micheál Martin were in the Swiss Alpine summit this week.

# leo-varadkar - Tuesday 24 May, 2022

Varadkar at Davos: 'We will not go into recession, but there will be a slowdown'
# Economy
# Economy

Varadkar at Davos: 'We will not go into recession, but there will be a slowdown'

May 24th 2022, 1:10 PM 29,057 Views 33 Comments

Leo Varadkar is attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland today.

# leo-varadkar - Wednesday 18 May, 2022

Department to explore 'substantial' revisions to remote working bill after criticism
# Home Work
# Home Work

Department to explore 'substantial' revisions to remote working bill after criticism

Updated May 18th 2022, 12:00 PM 36,949 Views 56 Comments

The draft bill has gone down like a “lead balloon” with workers, said Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 12 May, 2022

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'
# Housing Crisis
# Housing Crisis

Varadkar: 'Far too many people have to spend too much of their income on rent'

May 12th 2022, 1:37 PM 24,505 Views 44 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty says rents are out of control.

# leo-varadkar - Thursday 28 April, 2022

Leo Varadkar says allegations over GP contract leak were 'false' and 'politically motivated'
# Tánaiste
# Tánaiste

Leo Varadkar says allegations over GP contract leak were 'false' and 'politically motivated'

Apr 28th 2022, 8:02 AM 13,568 Views 0 Comments

“I did not commit any crime, I did not do anything corrupt,” the Tánaiste told reporters in California.

# leo-varadkar - Saturday 23 April, 2022

Garda file on leaking of GP contract by Tánaiste sent to Director of Public Prosecutions
# Investigation
# Investigation

Garda file on leaking of GP contract by Tánaiste sent to Director of Public Prosecutions

Apr 23rd 2022, 1:54 PM 50,464 Views 0 Comments

The issue was upgraded to a criminal investigation in March 2021.

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