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# Leo Varadkar

Last week
14th July 2024 - 20th July 2024
Varadkar: Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil 'rapidly becoming sister parties' but merger not likely
Leo Varadkar confirms he won't stand in next general election
Varadkar said the ‘time has come to explore new options and opportunities’ and that he never viewed himself as a ‘career politician’.
Last month
June 2024
Paul Murphy wins High Court case against Sipo over decision not to investigate Varadkar over contract leak
Baby and Britto: Fine Gael's father-and-son team take two seats in South Dublin
Leo Varadkar grilled about lack of services for children, Phoenix Park and gout on his home turf
A few constituents in the Fine Gael stomping ground in Castleknock spoke about the new leader Simon Harris.
Varadkar: 'I can now be more frank. Trump re-election wouldn't be good for the world'
Varadkar says Mayo incident with Harris 'unpleasant' but believes security for politicians 'about right'
April 2024
Improvements in housing 'could've happened five years ago' if govt had been 'braver' - Varadkar
Varadkar's parting speech: 'Most if not all' of Ireland's recent problems had external origins
Tánaiste rejects O'Dea's 'party lens' criticism, says public want to be put above party politics
Leo Varadkar officially resigns as Taoiseach at Áras an Uachtaráin
Varadkar’s resignation was accepted by President Michael D Higgins today.
The former FG leader tendered his resignation in writing to President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin this evening.
In his final interview as Taoiseach, he said Government should have invested more in areas like housing in 2011.
He told The Journal today that making up his mind to step down was hard, but said he has had "no regrets" over the decision.
Varadkar hopes his bad rep with unionists will be reassessed 'with the fullness of time'
Varadkar 'confident' Stormont can withstand shock resignation of former DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson
Raising threshold for higher tax rate to €50,000 'is achievable', says Varadkar
Varadkar responds to Kate O'Connell's comments wishing her the best 'in the rest of her life'
Varadkar says Fine Gael can achieve an 'historic' fourth term under new leader Simon Harris
March 2024
Sinn Féin displaying 'cowardice' when it comes to hate legislation, Leo Varadkar says
Biden bids goodbye to Varadkar, as Taoiseach briefs successor Harris on 'upcoming issues'
Talk of 'core values' and whispers of 'who plugged in Simon Coveney' as Harris takes the reins
Politics isn’t all about back-slapping, says Simon Harris, but there was plenty of it yesterday.
Simon Coveney confirms he will be running in the next general election
Varadkar made decision to resign last weekend - so were there any hints on the US trip?
‘Go raibh maith agat Leo’: A lightness to the Taoiseach as his European colleagues bid him farewell
Varadkar meets leaders of Malta, Slovenia and Spain at EU summit to talk Palestinian statehood
Simon Harris says he has taken advice from Phil Hogan (among others)
'I'm definitely not interested': Varadkar says he will decline ministerial position if asked
The Taoiseach also again insisted that his stated reasons are the real reasons he is resigning.
Simon Harris officially declares bid to be next leader of Fine Gael
More than 30 TDs, senators and MEPs voiced their support for Harris today even before he made a formal announcement.
The Explainer: What next for Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael, and Ireland?
Varadkar says political life was 'never' for partner Matt as he laughs off 'legacy' questions
Varadkar in Brussels for final EU summit as Taoiseach, as Ukraine, defence and Gaza top agenda
'Contest is healthy': Fine Gaelers say a leadership race would be the best option for the party
As Leo Varadkar waves goodbye to his time as Taoiseach, how will he be remembered?
From ‘welfare cheats’ to ‘bullet-proof’ backstops.
Runners and riders: Here's who's in the frame to become the next Fine Gael leader
Simon Coveney, who previously ran against Varadkar in the last election for a Fine Gael leader, has ruled himself out of the race.
Varadkar yet to decide whether he'll run for Dáil again and says EU Commissioner job 'not for me'
'Brexit-hater' Varadkar's emotional parting: How international media covered the Taoiseach's announcement
Govt insists election not needed in wake of Varadkar resignation
“After seven years in office, I am no longer the best person for that job,” Leo Varadkar said today.
Varadkar’s resignation as Fine Gael leader is effective immediately, but he will stay on as Taoiseach until his successor is elected by the party
A general election is not likely to be called, despite mounting pressure from the opposition
Fine Gael is expected to elect a new leader before the party's Ard Fheis on 6 April
'Don't limp on': McDonald calls for general election in testy Dáil exchanges with Varadkar
Tánaiste 'surprised' by Varadkar's resignation, says coalition Govt should go full-term
Opposition leaders call for general election after Varadkar's sudden resignation
Poll: Who do you think will take over as Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader?
Explainer: How will the new Fine Gael leader be elected and when will we have a new Taoiseach?