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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.

From TheJournal.ie 'Anything is possible now': No-deal Brexit is more likely than ever before, says Tánaiste Prepare For The Worst

'Anything is possible now': No-deal Brexit is more likely than ever before, says Tánaiste

‘We do have to prepare for the worst case,’ said Simon Coveney.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach: Co-living an option - 'it's not going to replace traditional houses and apartments' Housing Crisis

Taoiseach: Co-living an option - 'it's not going to replace traditional houses and apartments'

Leo Varadkar and Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy faced opposition on their co-living stance in the Dáil today.

From TheJournal.ie Harris says pathologists that raised concerns about Waterford mortuary 'carried out an important duty' Trolleys

Harris says pathologists that raised concerns about Waterford mortuary 'carried out an important duty'

The journalist who broke the story has published the letter which originally raised concerns.

From TheJournal.ie 'Where's the beef ya vegan?' Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in Cork city Bull By The Horns

'Where's the beef ya vegan?' Taoiseach met with protests from farmers in Cork city

A prize bull and farming machinery were brought to the protest outside Cork City Hall.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland's fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned Naval Service

Ireland's fourth offshore patrol vessel, the LÉ George Bernard Shaw, has been officially commissioned

Its name follows in the tradition of those given to the service’s three other ships.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says they've run into 'real difficulties' around legislating for exclusion zones at GP surgeries Abortion Services

Taoiseach says they've run into 'real difficulties' around legislating for exclusion zones at GP surgeries

Varadkar says government needs to ensure they are on solid ground if one is going to restrict the right to protest.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm no expert in the cultivation of cannabis': Taoiseach supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future Interview

'I'm no expert in the cultivation of cannabis': Taoiseach supports idea of Irish farmers growing cannabis in the future

In a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie, Varadkar discussed John Delaney, Brexit, Peter Casey and the European elections.

From TheJournal.ie Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors Reform

Free GP care for under 12s as government agrees new contract with doctors

The government is increasing funding for GPs in exchange for reforms and changes to the services they provide.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says no one can condone Lisa Smith's actions, but that she has an innocent child Isis

Taoiseach says no one can condone Lisa Smith's actions, but that she has an innocent child

He repeated what he said earlier this month, stating that a security assessment will be carried on the Dundalk woman.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says he doesn't want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor St Patrick's Day

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor

This time last week, Varadkar was somewhat overshadowed at the Chicago St Patrick’s Day parade.

From TheJournal.ie New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year Terror Threat

New intelligence unit to assess threats to State security will be set up by the end of the year

Varadkar says Ireland is as prepared as any other country for a terror attack.

From TheJournal.ie 'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

'I'm dying, but I want to thank the nurses': Dozens write to Taoiseach to support nurses' strike

A number of people wrote to Leo Varadkar during last month’s strike.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach says he wasn't nervous ahead of Pence speech: 'I wanted to express Ireland's values' LGBT Rights

Taoiseach says he wasn't nervous ahead of Pence speech: 'I wanted to express Ireland's values'

Varadkar said he and Pence have very different views on social issues, but says it’s better to engage with people rather than boycott them.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar says those that wanted Brexit 'have been chasing unicorns for a long time' Washington DC

Leo Varadkar says those that wanted Brexit 'have been chasing unicorns for a long time'

Varadkar said there is a “rich irony” that the UK’s tariff proposals intend to treat Northern Ireland differently to Great Britain.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick's Day meeting with Donald Trump White House Visit

Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick's Day meeting with Donald Trump

Leo Varadkar will also travel to Chicago this year.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach on suspicious package: 'Come after us, don't come after our staff or families' Department Of Health

Taoiseach on suspicious package: 'Come after us, don't come after our staff or families'

The white powder in the envelope addressed to the Health Minister was confirmed to be non-hazardous.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Taoiseach told that 'banks are as aggressive and as arrogant as the time of the crash'

Fianna Fáil TD John McGuinness told the Taoiseach that people are crying out for help.

From TheJournal.ie Leo Varadkar says it is 'scandalous' that the Children's Hospital cost estimations were so far off Newstalk

Leo Varadkar says it is 'scandalous' that the Children's Hospital cost estimations were so far off

Speaking about Brexit, the Taoiseach also said that he’s “not surprised” that he’s the “boogeyman” of the British media.

From TheJournal.ie 'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill Out Of Order

'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill

People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett accused the government of ‘dancing to the tune of fossil fuel companies’.

From TheJournal.ie Taoiseach admits it was 'discourteous' to offer engagement with nurses' unions by press release Strike

Taoiseach admits it was 'discourteous' to offer engagement with nurses' unions by press release

Micheál Martin said the Taoiseach cannot solve industrial relations disputes ‘with such cynical PR manoeuvres’.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar confirms that children's hospital review WILL be able to find individuals accountable Interview

Varadkar confirms that children's hospital review WILL be able to find individuals accountable

Varadkar said the terms of reference of the review would be changed.

From TheJournal.ie It was touted as an official Taoiseach's residence - what is Steward's Lodge used for now? Nice Gaff

It was touted as an official Taoiseach's residence - what is Steward's Lodge used for now?

The house was used “every now and again” by Brian Cowen, but now it is only used about a dozen times a year.

From TheJournal.ie Varadkar says he's exploring if Ireland could take some legal business from the UK after Brexit Leo Varadkar

Varadkar says he's exploring if Ireland could take some legal business from the UK after Brexit

Varadkar had a 40-minute phone call with Chancellor Angela Merkel on how to support Theresa May’s efforts to pass her Brexit deal.

From TheJournal.ie Government considering giving 'carbon cheque' to offset tax hike Tax Rise

Government considering giving 'carbon cheque' to offset tax hike

Any changes to the carbon tax will not apply until 2020.

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