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Wednesday 22 March 2023 Dublin: 10°C

# Varadkar

This month
March 2023
# Refugees
€20m signed off on for refugee accommodation plans, with commercial properties being considered
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said it is“impossible to say” whether the plan is enough.
Last month
February 2023
# Final Countdown
D-Day for Protocol talks as von der Leyen visits Sunak to tackle 'complex challenges'
The two leaders will hold a joint press conference if a revised deal is signed-off.
The visit of von der Leyen to London is seen as a measure of how close the sides are to agreeing a deal.
Sunak is planning to brief his Cabinet before potentially announcing the details of deal.
Former minister Jacob Rees-Mogg has said he does not believe Sunak has done enough to convince the DUP to re-enter into power-sharing.
This year
# ring ring
Varadkar reiterates need to avoid hard border on island of Ireland during phonecall with Sunak
During the conversation, the Taoiseach repeated the need for a solution which avoids a hard border on the island of Ireland.
Last year
# Healthcare
Taoiseach aims to reduce wait for child healthcare and assessments by 2025
Varadkar’s new unit will aim to reduce the time children have to wait to receive healthcare or be assessed for special needs.
# Sanctions
Russia bans Taoiseach, Tánaiste and 50 other Irish representatives from entering the country
The Russian Foreign Ministry issued an entry ban on three ministers and dozens of members of the Oireachtas
# Lay-offs
Tech companies expanded ‘a little too quickly’, Varadkar says
Minister for Enterprise Leo Varadkar said his sympathies were with Stripe and Twitter employees who had lost their jobs.
# Trouble Brewing
Michael McGrath says Varadkar should have discussed Finance portfolio handover 'privately'
He said that Varadkar’s handover plan would be a ‘division of the Department of Finance’.
# Budget
Varadkar unapologetic on 'Sinn Féin manifesto' remark about Commission on taxation
‘I hope we’re not in the place where you can’t say what you think anymore in politics.’
# energy costs
Varadkar says potential price caps on energy bills have 'echoes of the bank guarantee'
Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is not ruling out price caps, but added that he was nervous about it.
Opinion: 'Tánaiste, Fine Gael's housing policy only benefits developers & vulture funds'
The SocDem’s Cian O’Callaghan responds to comments on the housing crisis made by Leo Varadkar in The Journal.
# misinfo
Financial advisor warns against hoax crypto ads featuring Leo Varadkar and other public figures
Users of multiple websites reported encountering the false ad featuring the FG leader in recent weeks.
# redundancies
Over 300 jobs to go at PayPal offices in Dundalk and Blanchardstown
135 jobs in Blanchardstown and 172 jobs in Dundalk will be affected.
# Cost of Living
New measures ‘in the mix’ to tackle cost-of-living crisis, Varadkar says
The Tánaiste flagged concerns about potential diesel shortages and a doubling of energy prices.
# belfast summit
Political relationships between NI, Ireland and UK ‘not where they should be’, Varadkar says
The Tánaiste was addressing a high street regeneration conference in Belfast.
# Covid-19
Leo Varadkar self isolating after positive Covid-19 antigen test
The CMO has not recommended re-introducing measures to curb the spread of the virus.
# yuri filatov
Russian ambassador says he can 'leave any time' as Varadkar says his expulsion not ruled out
The Government is facing growing calls from opposition parties to expel Yuri Filatov.
All time
# Coronavirus
Daily Covid case numbers will reach 4,000 today or tomorrow, Varadkar says
The Tánaiste said the uptick can partially be explained by a backlog of unverified cases.
Varadkar added that the high case numbers do not mean the same thing as they did last winter.
The Tánaiste said that the Government doesn't intend to bring back Covid restrictions.
The HSE has confirmed about 10 elective operations per week are being cancelled per site across some 21 hospitals.
'It's never too late': HSE says 33,000 first or second doses were delivered last week
Average occupancy of Citywest isolation facility was 13.8% during first six months of pandemic
# phased reopening
Varadkar says tomorrow is a ‘big day’ as thousands of workers return to office
Many businesses are also set to open their doors for the first time since the pandemic began.
# Brexit
UK announces further extensions on post-Brexit grace periods
The European Commission said it “will not agree to a renegotiation of the Protocol”.
# Merrion
Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.
# new jab
Leo Varadkar has been administering vaccines at a Dublin mass vaccination centre
He said earlier this year that he was available to help the HSE.
# 5km limit
Vaccine delays won't prevent 'modest' easing of restrictions on 5 April, says Tánaiste
Varadkar said the reopening of non-essential retail stores would be “further down the line”.
# Coronavirus
Revised Living with Covid plan offers 'nothing new' and is a ‘wing and a prayer’ strategy, Dáil told
Labour’s Alan Kelly attacked the plan during Leaders’ Questions today.
# Sick Pay
Varadkar launches public consultation on plans for laws to give employees legal right to sick pay
The Tánaiste said statutory sick pay must be fair for workers and employers.
Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting
As a self-confessed political anorak, Larry Donnelly is looking forward to the race.
# royal irish constabulary
Varadkar says it's 'regrettable' that some politicians will boycott RIC commemoration service
The government recently said it will commemorate those who served in the force prior to Irish independence.
# Discrimination
Varadkar says he is 'thankful' he hasn't had much experiences of homophobia or racism
He said he has been subjected to name-calling but never anything violent.
# United Ireland
Varadkar says he would like to see a united Ireland in his lifetime
“I would, but only in accordance with the Good Friday Agreement.”
# New York
Taoiseach tells Boris Johnson there is still a 'very wide gap' between UK and EU on Brexit deal
Leo Varadkar met Boris Johnson in New York today.
# Brexit
Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language
Varadkar said earlier today that Boris Johnson will have to “depart” from what he’s said recently if he wants a Brexit deal.
# tensions
'Enormous hostility' among some EU members towards any further Brexit extension, says Varadkar
Varadkar reiterated that the EU is not prepared to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement again.
# CervicalCheck
Varadkar says outsourcing of cervical smears is 'serious' and may be 'a breach of contract'
A report released yesterday indicated that Irish smear samples were sent to 16 labs – not 6, as was initially reported in 2018.
# brexit talk
Varadkar warns of 'terrible political miscalculation' in London over Brexit deal
Speaking today, Varadkar said that he is a “little concerned about political developments in London at present”.
# trump in ireland
Varadkar 'looks forward' to meeting Trump when he visits Ireland in two weeks' time
Trump and his wife Melania will stay at his Doonbeg resort in Clare.
# fitness to lead
Leo Varadkar didn't seem pleased with his 'metabolic age' on Operation Transformation
The Taoiseach turned 40 last week, but his fitness level doesn’t appear to match.
# strike action
Taoiseach says he's saddened that nurses decided to strike on a weekday
He said he’d have preferred the weekend.
# strategic communications
Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office
Videos produced for the Project Ireland 2040 plan cost just under €150,000 alone.
# At Work
FactCheck: Is Varadkar right to say immigrants are more likely to be working than Irish people?
The Taoiseach made the claim in the Dáil recently. But is it actually the case?
# eurotrip
All smiles as Varadkar and Merkel talk Brexit on Taoiseach's first trip to Berlin
Merkel was recently elected as chancellor for the fourth time.
# eurotrash talk
Leo told Bloomberg TV it's time to get 'down and dirty' on the details of Brexit
The UK hopes to have terms of a transition deal by March.