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From TheJournal.ie Plans underway for Dáil to sit in Convention Centre or Dublin Castle for Taoiseach election vote New Taoiseach Vote

Plans underway for Dáil to sit in Convention Centre or Dublin Castle for Taoiseach election vote

The Covid-19 outbreak means the full contingent of TDs are not allowed sit in Leinster House.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach clarifies that 2km limit just for exercise, and confirms takeaways will stay open Restriction

Taoiseach clarifies that 2km limit just for exercise, and confirms takeaways will stay open

“No need to do all shopping or stockpile this morning,” the Taoiseach said.

From TheJournal.ie Seanad and Leas Ceann Comhairle election cause headache for government Coronavirus

Seanad and Leas Ceann Comhairle election cause headache for government

More emergency legislation is expected to be needed next week.

From TheJournal.ie ‘Come together as a nation by staying apart’: Read Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s address in full Coronavirus
From TheJournal.ie The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now Covid-19

The Chief Medical Officer on why the government is taking 'unprecedented' coronavirus measures now

Health Minister Simon Harris said that it was based on crucial advice from the National Public Health Emergency Team last night.

From TheJournal.ie No recommendation to cancel major events at this stage, says Taoiseach Coronavirus

No recommendation to cancel major events at this stage, says Taoiseach

He made the comment this evening during a press briefing.

From TheJournal.ie TDs to discuss Covid-19 outbreak for six hours when Dáil reconvenes this week Leinster House

TDs to discuss Covid-19 outbreak for six hours when Dáil reconvenes this week

There have been two confirmed cases on the island of Ireland so far.

From TheJournal.ie Factcheck: Does the average person working full-time in Ireland earn €47,000 a year? Factcheck

Factcheck: Does the average person working full-time in Ireland earn €47,000 a year?

The claim was made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar during Monday night’s debate.

From TheJournal.ie Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is leaving the Independent Alliance Out Boxed

Kevin 'Boxer' Moran is leaving the Independent Alliance

The junior minister said he may rejoin or join another grouping after the election.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar has 'made a decision' on the election but won't tell us what it is yet General Election

Leo Varadkar has 'made a decision' on the election but won't tell us what it is yet

The Taoiseach told RTÉ’s This Week that ‘there is protocol around this’.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department Overcrowding

'I'm exhausted': Frustration in the Mater Hospital's 'rammed' Emergency Department

The Mater was the hospital with the highest number of patients on trolleys in Dublin yesterday morning, according to the INMO.

From TheJournal.ie Eyes on February election as Varadkar schedules parliamentary party meeting for Friday Friday Night Lights
From TheJournal.ie Micheál Martin says he will carry on as FF leader even if he fails to become Taoiseach Election 2020

Micheál Martin says he will carry on as FF leader even if he fails to become Taoiseach

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are neck-and-neck in the polls.

From TheJournal.ie The Christmas cards sent to Haughey asking him not to forget The Birmingham Six State Papers

The Christmas cards sent to Haughey asking him not to forget The Birmingham Six

“This will be the 16th Christmas that my father and the five men… will spend imprisoned for a crime that they did not commit,” one letter said.

From TheJournal.ie Eamon Ryan: Green Party taoiseach is 'not far away' Green Wave

Eamon Ryan: Green Party taoiseach is 'not far away'

The Green Party leader said that one of his successors could be taoiseach in two governments time.

From TheJournal.ie 'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy By-election Controversy

'I expect more from you': Letters of complaint sent to the Taoiseach called on him to drop Verona Murphy

Leo Varadkar admits that the Verona Murphy controversy has caused reputational damage to Fine Gael.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach contacts Micheál Martin to arrange talks about prolonging life of government New Year's Resolution

Taoiseach contacts Micheál Martin to arrange talks about prolonging life of government

Martin previously called for talks to retain the confidence-and-supply agreement between the parties.

From TheJournal.ie 'It was a mistake and I accept responsibility': Varadkar says FG shouldn't have run Verona Murphy Fine Gael

'It was a mistake and I accept responsibility': Varadkar says FG shouldn't have run Verona Murphy

Speaking to reporters today, the Taoiseach said Murphy’s controversial comments came as a “big surprise”.

From TheJournal.ie Reports of February general election are 'speculation', says Varadkar May 2020

Reports of February general election are 'speculation', says Varadkar

The Taoiseach spoke on RTÉ’s Marian Finucane show this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office SUPPORTS

Leo Varadkar signed off on former Taoisigh special support plan four months after taking office

New documents obtained under FOI detail what would be involved in the supports.

From TheJournal.ie If investigation finds Dara Murphy broke the rules he should pay back the money, says Taoiseach Absenteeism

If investigation finds Dara Murphy broke the rules he should pay back the money, says Taoiseach

Murphy is taking up a €150,000 a year job in the European Commission.

From TheJournal.ie Tusla involved in welfare plans for Lisa Smith's child, Taoiseach says Lisa Smith

Tusla involved in welfare plans for Lisa Smith's child, Taoiseach says

The former Defence Forces member who was married to an Islamic State fighter is due back in Ireland

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar 'certainly' would not rule out a Citizens' Assembly on a United Ireland Irish Unity

Leo Varadkar 'certainly' would not rule out a Citizens' Assembly on a United Ireland

Varadkar told the Dáil today he would not rule out holding an assembly, but said it was a “sensitive time” at the moment.

From TheJournal.ie Protesters plan 'bikini & shorts' protest over Taoiseach 'positive' climate change remarks Dáil Gates

Protesters plan 'bikini & shorts' protest over Taoiseach 'positive' climate change remarks

Varadkar said one of the benefits to climate change is warmer winters.

From TheJournal.ie 'They deserve better': Taoiseach apologises to patients waiting on hospital trolleys as numbers rise Trolley Numbers

'They deserve better': Taoiseach apologises to patients waiting on hospital trolleys as numbers rise

There were 10,641 patients on trolleys in Irish hospitals last month.

From TheJournal.ie 'I believe in a free press': Taoiseach says he doesn't condone Communicorp ban on certain Irish journalists Banned

'I believe in a free press': Taoiseach says he doesn't condone Communicorp ban on certain Irish journalists

The Currency reporters are the latest Irish journalists to be banned from O’Brien-owned stations.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach tells Boris Johnson there is still a 'very wide gap' between UK and EU on Brexit deal 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.

From TheJournal.ie Government currently considering 10 petroleum licence applications in Irish waters Oil Exploration

Government currently considering 10 petroleum licence applications in Irish waters

Yesterday, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told a UN climate summit that oil exploration in Irish waters would end.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach and Tusk: 'We have not seen proposals from the UK that achieve the objectives of the backstop' United Front

Taoiseach and Tusk: 'We have not seen proposals from the UK that achieve the objectives of the backstop'

Leo Varadkar met European Council President Donald Tusk this afternoon in New York.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: 'Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner's report' Public Services Card

Taoiseach: 'Anyone that reads the law will understand why we disagree with the Data Commissioner's report'

The Taoiseach confirmed that the government has yet to file any court documents appealing findings by the Data Protection Commissioner.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says 'perhaps not all the same brands' will be on supermarket shelves after no-deal Brexit Shopping Basket

Taoiseach says 'perhaps not all the same brands' will be on supermarket shelves after no-deal Brexit

Varadkar offered a stark assessment of a no-deal scenario in a speech this evening.

From TheJournal.ie Less than half of people satisfied with Taoiseach's Brexit strategy, poll suggests Brexit

Less than half of people satisfied with Taoiseach's Brexit strategy, poll suggests

That’s according to an opinion poll conducted by Kantar and Sunday Independent.

From TheJournal.ie Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language 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.

From TheJournal.ie 'A long road ahead': Barry Cowen says former Taoiseach Brian Cowen making progress with health Brian Cowen

'A long road ahead': Barry Cowen says former Taoiseach Brian Cowen making progress with health

Cowen was admitted to hospital after falling ill earlier this month.

From TheJournal.ie Pressure mounts on Taoiseach to publish internal report into Maria Bailey swing fall case Swing-gate

Pressure mounts on Taoiseach to publish internal report into Maria Bailey swing fall case

Varadakr said he cannot publish the report.

From TheJournal.ie Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care Fianna Fáil

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care

The former Fianna Fáil politician was hospitalised last night.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar says Maria Bailey case 'wasn't a plus' during election campaign Swinggate

Leo Varadkar says Maria Bailey case 'wasn't a plus' during election campaign

In a wide-ranging interview on RTÉ this morning, Varadkar spoke about the election result, homelessness, and ruled out a reshuffle.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says outsourcing of cervical smears is 'serious' and may be 'a breach of contract' 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.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC Former Rehab Ceo

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC

“Notwithstanding all the issues around Ms Kerins’ salary, I think she was badly treated,” Varadkar told the Dáil committees’ chairs.

From TheJournal.ie Families of Stardust victims to meet with Taoiseach today as part of fresh bid for new inquests Stardust

Families of Stardust victims to meet with Taoiseach today as part of fresh bid for new inquests

Campaigners submitted documents supporting their calls for new inquests to the Office of the Attorney General last month.

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