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

Oct 1st 2019, 6:29 PM 13,173 Views 60 Comments

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

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

Oct 1st 2019, 4:17 PM 20,237 Views 49 Comments

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

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

Sep 24th 2019, 7:21 PM 18,842 Views 29 Comments

Leo Varadkar met Boris Johnson in New York today.

Government currently considering 10 petroleum licence applications in Irish waters
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Government currently considering 10 petroleum licence applications in Irish waters

Sep 24th 2019, 9:32 AM 24,959 Views 58 Comments

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

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

Updated Sep 23rd 2019, 5:00 PM 25,444 Views 97 Comments

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

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

Sep 14th 2019, 11:19 AM 23,650 Views 76 Comments

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

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

Sep 5th 2019, 11:09 PM 31,463 Views 72 Comments

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

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

Jul 28th 2019, 2:32 PM 22,050 Views 88 Comments

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

Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language
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Ian Paisley Jr accuses Coveney and Varadkar of 'unnecessarily aggressive' language

Updated Jul 26th 2019, 7:50 PM 64,593 Views 143 Comments

Varadkar said earlier today that Boris Johnson will have to “depart” from what he’s said recently if he wants a Brexit deal.

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

Jul 22nd 2019, 4:49 PM 93,231 Views 35 Comments

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

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

Jul 5th 2019, 6:26 PM 40,003 Views 77 Comments

Varadakr said he cannot publish the report.

Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care
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Former Taoiseach Brian Cowen in intensive care

Jul 5th 2019, 3:36 PM 249,642 Views 41 Comments

The former Fianna Fáil politician was hospitalised last night.

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

Jun 15th 2019, 11:38 AM 28,478 Views 91 Comments

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

Varadkar says outsourcing of cervical smears is 'serious' and may be 'a breach of contract'
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Varadkar says outsourcing of cervical smears is 'serious' and may be 'a breach of contract'

Updated Jun 12th 2019, 6:42 PM 15,813 Views 39 Comments

A report released yesterday indicated that Irish smear samples were sent to 16 labs – not 6, as was initially reported in 2018.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that Angela Kerins was 'badly treated' by the PAC
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# Former Rehab Ceo

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

May 30th 2019, 5:50 PM 13,027 Views 73 Comments

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

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

May 29th 2019, 6:00 AM 7,215 Views 13 Comments

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

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

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

May 24th 2019, 12:31 PM 18,976 Views 54 Comments

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

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

May 22nd 2019, 12:48 PM 18,596 Views 94 Comments

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

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

Updated May 2nd 2019, 4:05 PM 18,207 Views 47 Comments

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

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

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

May 1st 2019, 11:28 AM 37,342 Views 99 Comments

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

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

Apr 30th 2019, 3:08 PM 28,548 Views 79 Comments

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

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

Apr 18th 2019, 6:40 AM 18,893 Views 69 Comments

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

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

Apr 16th 2019, 12:05 AM 30,061 Views 46 Comments

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

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

Apr 6th 2019, 2:59 PM 22,381 Views 47 Comments

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

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

Mar 26th 2019, 5:47 PM 26,643 Views 164 Comments

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

Taoiseach says he doesn't want to be associated with actions of Conor McGregor
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# St Patrick's Day

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

Mar 23rd 2019, 12:49 PM 84,337 Views 91 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 18th 2019, 8:15 AM 22,065 Views 28 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 17th 2019, 12:05 AM 18,727 Views 14 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 16th 2019, 9:30 PM 24,180 Views 60 Comments

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.

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

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

Mar 13th 2019, 6:22 PM 15,047 Views 36 Comments

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

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

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

Mar 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,905 Views 45 Comments

Leo Varadkar will also travel to Chicago this year.

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

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

Mar 4th 2019, 5:42 PM 33,189 Views 87 Comments

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

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

Mar 3rd 2019, 6:00 AM 38,941 Views 54 Comments

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

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

Feb 28th 2019, 9:03 AM 44,214 Views 84 Comments

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

'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill
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# Out Of Order

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

Feb 21st 2019, 2:33 PM 23,202 Views 57 Comments

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

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

Feb 5th 2019, 6:29 PM 41,586 Views 36 Comments

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

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

Feb 3rd 2019, 2:14 PM 18,570 Views 94 Comments

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

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

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

Jan 6th 2019, 4:00 PM 58,363 Views 34 Comments

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

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

Jan 3rd 2019, 3:44 PM 25,086 Views 39 Comments

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

Government considering giving 'carbon cheque' to offset tax hike
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# Tax Rise

Government considering giving 'carbon cheque' to offset tax hike

Jan 3rd 2019, 6:00 AM 17,431 Views 80 Comments

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