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

19 hours ago 14,917 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
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Tánaiste says government has not considered alternative sites for the National Maternity Hospital

20 hours ago 6,346 Views 19 Comments

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

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

Wed 2:15 PM 23,918 Views 39 Comments

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

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

Updated Tue 5:57 PM 21,062 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
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Government to launch campaign on travel making clear that young unvaccinated people can go abroad

Tue 6:10 AM 66,594 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.

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

Sun 1:59 PM 22,702 Views 112 Comments

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

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

Sat 6:08 PM 28,071 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
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New location may need to be found for National Maternity Hospital, says Tánaiste

Sat 3:27 PM 40,070 Views 69 Comments

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

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

Jun 15th 2021, 7:56 PM 18,914 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".
Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere
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Taoiseach expects things to 'settle down' as business group says outdoor dining has improved city atmosphere

Updated Jun 8th 2021, 6:53 PM 36,446 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
Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'
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Poots reports 'positive, frank and useful' talks with Taoiseach despite north-south relations 'never being as bad'

Updated Jun 4th 2021, 8:02 AM 64,422 Views 91 Comments

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

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

Jun 2nd 2021, 9:48 PM 23,524 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
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Local property tax surcharge for vacant properties under consideration as system set to be overhauled

Jun 2nd 2021, 12:05 AM 31,790 Views 82 Comments

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

Tánaiste expects number of PUP recipients to fall to a third of current level by end of the year
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# 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 8,457 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
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# Social Welfare

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

Jun 1st 2021, 5:22 PM 43,312 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
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Government announces €3.5 billion plan to get the economy through Covid

Updated Jun 1st 2021, 2:15 PM 30,622 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"
Government to begin reducing the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by €50 from September
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# Recovery Plan

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

May 31st 2021, 9:55 PM 29,749 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
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'I was appalled': Tánaiste asked social media firms to combat 'illegal' gatherings after Grafton St protest

May 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 69,255 Views 0 Comments

Leo Varadkar contacted the companies following a protest in March.

Landlords can impose rent increases of up to 8% under newly-discovered loophole as Covid-19 rent freeze ends
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# 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 77,875 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
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'It's not an outdoors-only summer': Cabinet to discuss easing of restrictions on travel and dining

May 28th 2021, 10:18 AM 20,948 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.
Target to vaccinate 82% of adults by end of June 'likely to be missed by a few weeks'
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# 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 41,128 Views 71 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'
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# Summer Review

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

May 27th 2021, 2:39 PM 25,292 Views 22 Comments

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

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

May 26th 2021, 8:30 PM 20,926 Views 21 Comments

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

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

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

May 23rd 2021, 10:02 AM 58,926 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.

'No time limits' for beer gardens says Varadkar as Dublin's Merrion Row gets summer on-street dining
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# 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 58,238 Views 41 Comments

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

Pressure on FF's hopeful future leader O’Callaghan to deliver decent vote in Dublin Bay South
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# 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 27,331 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 suggests that anyone who wants a Covid-19 vaccine 'may be offered one by the end of June'
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# 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 62,426 Views 80 Comments

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

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

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

May 11th 2021, 6:13 PM 34,122 Views 39 Comments

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

Investment funds buying whole estates is 'undesirable' and the government needs to act, says Leo Varadkar
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# Cuckoo Funds

Investment funds buying whole estates is 'undesirable' and the government needs to act, says Leo Varadkar

May 5th 2021, 1:52 PM 26,040 Views 67 Comments

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says a Bill he introduced in 2019 on the issue is “still valid”.

Workers 'unlikely to return to offices until September' says Tánaiste
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# Level 3 Plus

Workers 'unlikely to return to offices until September' says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 7:50 PM 49,792 Views 38 Comments

Offices have been largely closed under public health advice since the onset of the pandemic.

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone
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# Taxi Drivers

Dáil told taxi drivers forced to call off today's protest - but gardaí say it was a matter for the groups alone

Apr 29th 2021, 4:52 PM 19,016 Views 9 Comments

Richard Boyd Barrett told the Tánaiste the drivers were “threatened with fines”.

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New Catholic school sex education programme not in line with Government policy, says Tánaiste

Apr 29th 2021, 1:55 PM 46,944 Views 76 Comments

Róisín Shortall said the transfer of patronage was ‘a snail-paced programme’.

We should be a ‘less puritanical’ and a 'little more relaxed' about those enjoying themselves outdoors, says Varadkar
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# Outdoor Summer

We should be a ‘less puritanical’ and a 'little more relaxed' about those enjoying themselves outdoors, says Varadkar

Apr 27th 2021, 6:26 PM 47,105 Views 45 Comments

Speaking this afternoon at Dublin Castle he said that socialising outdoors is “much, much safer” than indoors.

Most company directors think the economy will be fully reopened by the end of 2021
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# Business Confidence

Most company directors think the economy will be fully reopened by the end of 2021

Apr 23rd 2021, 6:30 AM 11,946 Views 16 Comments

Nearly half of business leaders said they expect to return to the office in the fourth quarter.

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life
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# Out Of Work

Varadkar says it's 'extraordinary' under 35s are experiencing their second recession in their adult life

Apr 22nd 2021, 3:09 PM 76,349 Views 80 Comments

Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordán said the country can’t afford to lose another generation.

No Johnson & Johnson vaccine decision until next week but Donnelly 'hopes' for all clear
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# Single-shot Jab

No Johnson & Johnson vaccine decision until next week but Donnelly 'hopes' for all clear

Apr 22nd 2021, 2:31 PM 18,066 Views 45 Comments
  • Minister echoes Tánaiste's hopes that vaccine can be used for all adult age groups
  • Single-dose J&J vaccine seen as key to Ireland's vaccine effort
  • Advice on travel from India expected this week due to variant concern
  • Housebound vaccinations may also be carried out by GPs and pharmacists
‘June is too soon’ – Varadkar doubts Dublin will host Euro 2020 matches
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‘June is too soon’ – Varadkar doubts Dublin will host Euro 2020 matches

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 3:04 PM 14,906 Views 25 Comments

Ireland’s capital city is set to be stripped of the games this Friday.

Varadkar 'hopes' NIAC's advice is that under-60s can get single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine
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Varadkar 'hopes' NIAC's advice is that under-60s can get single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Updated Apr 21st 2021, 2:51 PM 31,754 Views 90 Comments

Ireland is due to receive over 600,000 doses of the J&J vaccine before the end of June.

Announcement before Bank Holiday weekend will have 'indicative idea' of summer Covid restrictions
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# The Road Ahead

Announcement before Bank Holiday weekend will have 'indicative idea' of summer Covid restrictions

Apr 20th 2021, 3:29 PM 45,011 Views 22 Comments

Two Cabinet meetings will take place next week.

Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak
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Tánaiste has spoken to gardaí about GP contract leak

Apr 18th 2021, 12:08 PM 17,316 Views 0 Comments

A spokesperson said Leo Varadkar made a full statement to gardaí and “answered all questions”.

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