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Healthcare workers being vaccinated 'will be taken into consideration' in reviewing maternity hospital restrictions
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Healthcare workers being vaccinated 'will be taken into consideration' in reviewing maternity hospital restrictions

Apr 2nd 2021, 5:37 PM 27,186 Views 12 Comments

The easing of maternity hospital restrictions was not included in the government’s roadmap for reopening the country.

'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential
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'We got 300 calls today': High demand for children's shoes after they're reclassified as essential

Apr 1st 2021, 6:22 PM 21,642 Views 28 Comments

One store has booked in 240 appointments already.

Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste
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Fewer than a million vaccine doses will be delivered in April, but will be caught up on in May and June, says Tánaiste

Apr 1st 2021, 2:35 PM 46,449 Views 127 Comments

A delivery of 112,000 vaccines were delivered last night, said Varadkar.

'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today
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'Right to disconnect' code for workers comes into effect from today

Apr 1st 2021, 6:15 AM 60,330 Views 29 Comments

The right to disconnect gives employees the right to switch off from work outside of normal working hours,

Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs
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Martin and Varadkar forced to defend vaccine plan changes amid criticism from their own TDs

Mar 31st 2021, 11:50 PM 30,016 Views 88 Comments

TDs have been hearing from teachers and other frontline workers unhappy with the changes.

Shops to be allowed sell children's shoes in store, by appointment only
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Shops to be allowed sell children's shoes in store, by appointment only

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 2:35 PM 90,046 Views 106 Comments
  • Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he wants shoes to be available "immediately".
  • People will be able to make appointments at shoe shops selling children's shoes.
  • The news comes after calls for change from parents.
'Sucker punch': Unions criticise new vaccine strategy but Varadkar says decision based 'on the science'
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'Sucker punch': Unions criticise new vaccine strategy but Varadkar says decision based 'on the science'

Updated Mar 31st 2021, 8:34 AM 44,354 Views 158 Comments

Last night, the Tánaiste said that the previous strategy might have slowed the vaccine programme down.

Inflation among the least of our worries as the Irish economy recovers from Covid, says ESRI
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Inflation among the least of our worries as the Irish economy recovers from Covid, says ESRI

Mar 25th 2021, 6:10 AM 15,727 Views 16 Comments

Meanwhile, Irish GDP is expected to continue its upward trajectory despite current public health restrictions.

FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'
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FactCheck: No, the Tánaiste did not say lockdown would continue 'indefinitely'

Mar 25th 2021, 6:00 AM 23,937 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar was talking about the Zero Covid strategy and mandatory hotel quarantine.

Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste
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Having all schools fully open in April is a top priority, says Tánaiste

Mar 24th 2021, 7:56 PM 48,071 Views 96 Comments

Easing of some low-risk outdoor activities is also expected to be announced next week.

Tánaiste says he does not believe criminal charges will be brought against him over GP contract leak
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Tánaiste says he does not believe criminal charges will be brought against him over GP contract leak

Mar 24th 2021, 6:40 PM 15,673 Views 0 Comments

When asked by LMFM if he should step aside if charges were brought against him, Varadkar said: “I don’t contemplate that happening.”

Police investigate latest graffiti threat to Leo Varadkar in Belfast
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Police investigate latest graffiti threat to Leo Varadkar in Belfast

Mar 17th 2021, 7:19 AM 63,190 Views 51 Comments

The Tánaiste has been the target of two other graffiti incidents in the city this year.

Leo Varadkar says he 'isn't distracted' from his job and rejects suggestion he should step aside
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Leo Varadkar says he 'isn't distracted' from his job and rejects suggestion he should step aside

Mar 16th 2021, 11:06 AM 26,448 Views 111 Comments

The Tánaiste is under pressure as a result of the garda investigation into his leaking of a document.

An uneasy show of support: Coalition partners sticking by Varadkar amid calls for him to step aside
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An uneasy show of support: Coalition partners sticking by Varadkar amid calls for him to step aside

Mar 16th 2021, 6:15 AM 20,926 Views 82 Comments

If charges were to be brought, Fianna Fáil would call for his removal, sources said.

Mary Lou McDonald calls for Tánaiste to resign over 'abuse of power'
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Mary Lou McDonald calls for Tánaiste to resign over 'abuse of power'

Mar 15th 2021, 2:12 PM 49,300 Views 120 Comments

The Sinn Féin leader has described Leo Varadkar sharing a GP contract with a rival organisation as a “blatant abuse of power”.

Garda inquiry into document leak by Tanaiste is now criminal investigation
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Garda inquiry into document leak by Tanaiste is now criminal investigation

Mar 14th 2021, 1:13 PM 43,746 Views 116 Comments

The gardaí are investigating whether there has been a breach of corruption legislation or the Official Secrets Act.

24 hours that changed everything: An oral history
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24 hours that changed everything: An oral history

Mar 12th 2021, 9:00 AM 109,483 Views 49 Comments

People across Ireland – including key decision-makers – tell the story of Thursday 12 March 2020.

Varadkar: We believed lockdown would be six weeks or a few months at most
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Varadkar: We believed lockdown would be six weeks or a few months at most

Mar 12th 2021, 7:25 AM 52,958 Views 85 Comments

The Tánaiste has hailed the inspiring perseverance and courage of the Irish people on the first anniversary of his Washington speech.

'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs
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'I stand corrected': Tánaiste apologises after incorrectly claiming Sinn Féin had no Protestant TDs

Mar 10th 2021, 5:44 PM 62,238 Views 128 Comments

Violet-Anne Wynne, a Clare TD, said she is a Protestant and “proud to be a representative for Sinn Féin”.

Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'
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Varadkar calls on councils to support plans for increased café seating ahead of 'outdoor summer'

Mar 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 37,479 Views 60 Comments

Restaurants and cafes are calling for some leeway when it comes to applying for planning permission.

More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste
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More than 80% of people to be offered first vaccine dose by the end of June, says Tánaiste

Mar 3rd 2021, 8:28 PM 30,592 Views 79 Comments

The Tánaiste says he hopes government can do better than the September target.

Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister
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Mandatory quarantine proposals will be seen as harsh by some and insufficient by others, says minister

Feb 24th 2021, 5:04 PM 17,036 Views 96 Comments

The new legislation is being debated in the Dáil this afternoon.

100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April
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100,000 vaccines set to be administered this week as government expects big supply increase from April

Updated Feb 22nd 2021, 11:32 AM 45,305 Views 86 Comments

The health minister has said capacity is being built up to vaccinate 250,000 people a week.

Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'
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Leo Varadkar: 'Aer Lingus will not be allowed to fail'

Feb 18th 2021, 6:46 PM 41,453 Views 83 Comments

The Tánaiste said that discussions are ongoing for further financial support if required.

If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar
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If government extends term of Commission we need to know it will serve a purpose - Varadkar

Feb 18th 2021, 2:39 PM 12,032 Views 21 Comments

The Tánasite said he could not make a commitment today that it would be extended beyond 28 February.

Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March
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Taoiseach says junior and senior infants are likely to return to school from 1 March

Feb 17th 2021, 9:55 PM 74,292 Views 55 Comments

The Taoiseach made the remarks at a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak
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Varadkar tells gardaí he is willing to meet with them over GP contract leak

Updated Feb 14th 2021, 6:31 PM 40,991 Views 0 Comments

Gardaí are currently assessing correspondence that has been received over the leaking of the contract.

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine
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# Exemptions

Funeral-goers arriving in Ireland from restricted countries will not be exempt from mandatory hotel quarantine

Feb 11th 2021, 5:09 PM 43,486 Views 47 Comments

Arrivals to Ireland from restricted countries list will have to stay in their room.

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000
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# Travelling Abroad

Government plans to increase fines for non-essential international travel from €500 to €2,000

Feb 10th 2021, 2:09 PM 41,047 Views 173 Comments

The €500 fine was not seen as enough of a deterrent to stop people travelling abroad.

Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'
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Varadkar: 'I'm afraid it will end in violence. I don't mean having a milkshake thrown on you, I mean something much worse'

Feb 10th 2021, 12:05 AM 148,600 Views 99 Comments

The Tánaiste reacts to the abusive graffiti about him that was scrawled on a wall in Belfast earlier this month.

'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel
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'Refreshed' Living With Covid plan being worked on as Varadkar details Ireland-UK talks on travel

Updated Feb 9th 2021, 6:08 PM 50,945 Views 48 Comments

He said there seems to be an “openness” to talking about the two islands working together.

Government announces extra €160m in supports for Covid-hit businesses
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Government announces extra €160m in supports for Covid-hit businesses

Feb 9th 2021, 4:05 PM 10,544 Views 11 Comments

A new €60 million scheme as part of the total package will go to businesses which have been unable to access Government funding until now.

New unemployment payment linked to past working history set to be introduced when PUP is phased out
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New unemployment payment linked to past working history set to be introduced when PUP is phased out

Feb 6th 2021, 6:30 AM 184,128 Views 70 Comments

Varadkar said the phasing out of the PUP provides an opportunity to reform the country’s social welfare system.

'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured
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'It should not have happened': Holohan says basic commitment to CervicalCheck women wasn't honoured

Updated Feb 4th 2021, 9:15 PM 41,869 Views 62 Comments

Lynsey Bennett, who has two young daughters, had four smear tests between 2010 and 2016 but each time was told they were negative.

'I do anticipate it will be possible to holiday in Ireland' - Varadkar says re-opening will be gradual and cautious
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'I do anticipate it will be possible to holiday in Ireland' - Varadkar says re-opening will be gradual and cautious

Feb 4th 2021, 12:05 AM 97,491 Views 170 Comments
  • It's hoped the country can move to Level 4 restrictions in March - but outdoor dining is not expected to begin till a later stage.
  • Talks are currently underway to extend the wage subsidy and PUP into the summer months, the Tánaiste said.
Belfast graffiti threatening Leo Varadkar investigated as hate crime
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Belfast graffiti threatening Leo Varadkar investigated as hate crime

Jan 30th 2021, 5:13 PM 81,466 Views 0 Comments

The graffiti was written on a wall in Belfast between last night and this morning.

Varadkar tells Facebook moderators he will contact social media giant on their behalf
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# Reach Out

Varadkar tells Facebook moderators he will contact social media giant on their behalf

Jan 29th 2021, 8:19 PM 20,121 Views 35 Comments

Moderators have been pushing for mental health supports and to be allowed work from home during the pandemic.

Factfind: Do we know the rate of travel transmission?
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# International Travel

Factfind: Do we know the rate of travel transmission?

Jan 29th 2021, 12:39 PM 15,256 Views 45 Comments

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday night that international travel accounts for fewer than 1% of Covid-19 cases

Mandatory hotel quarantine to be expanded and 'Iceland model' explored - Tánaiste
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# Four Walls

Mandatory hotel quarantine to be expanded and 'Iceland model' explored - Tánaiste

Jan 28th 2021, 1:39 PM 39,959 Views 68 Comments

Arrivals from Brazil or South Africa or those without a PCR test are currently facing hotel quarantine.

Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday
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Taoiseach: Almost half of passengers who arrived at Dublin Airport yesterday had been on holiday

Jan 27th 2021, 9:40 PM 155,856 Views 151 Comments

Micheál Martin said 397 people arriving at the airport yesterday were returning from holiday.

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