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

Mar 13th 2019, 6:22 PM 15,048 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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Taoiseach heading to Washington DC for annual St Patrick's Day meeting with Donald Trump

Mar 12th 2019, 6:00 AM 8,911 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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Taoiseach on suspicious package: 'Come after us, don't come after our staff or families'

Mar 4th 2019, 5:42 PM 33,191 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 44,219 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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'Shenanigans' - Dáil suspended twice after TDs row over fossil fuel Bill

Feb 21st 2019, 2:33 PM 23,205 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 41,588 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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It was touted as an official Taoiseach's residence - what is Steward's Lodge used for now?

Jan 6th 2019, 4:00 PM 58,424 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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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.

Taoiseach on Juncker hair ruffle: 'It's probably ill advised to fluff other people’s hair'
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Taoiseach on Juncker hair ruffle: 'It's probably ill advised to fluff other people’s hair'

Dec 23rd 2018, 6:00 AM 95,480 Views 48 Comments

A video emerged this week of Juncker walking up to EU’s deputy head of protocol and ruffling her hair.

Leo Varadkar has watched the Roscommon eviction video, but says it doesn't give a 'full understanding' of events
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Leo Varadkar has watched the Roscommon eviction video, but says it doesn't give a 'full understanding' of events

Dec 22nd 2018, 6:30 AM 34,723 Views 128 Comments

The incident caught on video shows a property being repossessed by private security personnel.

No contingencies, no plans, no secret plans: Leo says the Irish government has no preparations for a hard border
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No contingencies, no plans, no secret plans: Leo says the Irish government has no preparations for a hard border

Dec 20th 2018, 2:44 PM 18,240 Views 68 Comments

Questions have been raised about the level at which the Irish government is prepared for a no-deal Brexit.

Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'
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Mary Lou McDonald: 'Leo asked where I was in the Dáil yesterday. I'm in Palestine observing the daily abuse they face'

Dec 20th 2018, 7:00 AM 68,775 Views 219 Comments

Yesterday, the Taoiseach asked why the Sinn Féin leader was not in the chamber.

Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office
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Taoiseach's department has spent nearly €500k on video production since Varadkar took office

Dec 16th 2018, 12:05 AM 25,800 Views 98 Comments

Videos produced for the Project Ireland 2040 plan cost just under €150,000 alone.

Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January
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Taoiseach says abortion services may not be available in every hospital in January

Dec 10th 2018, 3:04 PM 8,961 Views 48 Comments

Varadkar said he is confident services will be available, but perhaps not in every hospital or clinic.

'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)
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'You're a disgrace': Clashes in the Dáil over medicinal cannabis delay (and Leo breaks Dáil rules)

Nov 28th 2018, 4:19 PM 84,897 Views 110 Comments

Leo Varadkar broke Dáil rules today by holding up a poster in the chamber.

Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years'
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Bethany Home survivors 'shocked' to receive first letter from a Taoiseach 'in 20 years'

Nov 26th 2018, 6:45 AM 16,001 Views 3 Comments

The group, who all lived in the Protestant mother and baby home, hope the letter will lead to some progress in their case.

Taoiseach: 'Householders will have to pay more to fill their cars, for electricity and gas under carbon tax hikes'
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Taoiseach: 'Householders will have to pay more to fill their cars, for electricity and gas under carbon tax hikes'

Nov 21st 2018, 3:53 PM 34,724 Views 176 Comments

Varadkar said the increase in carbon taxes will be needed over the next number of years.

How we could be on course for a referendum on water supply
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How we could be on course for a referendum on water supply

Nov 20th 2018, 6:58 PM 15,919 Views 61 Comments

The aim would be to retain public ownership of any company charged with responsibility for the supply of water services

A Brexit deal in November is less likely with every day that passes, says Taoiseach
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A Brexit deal in November is less likely with every day that passes, says Taoiseach

Nov 7th 2018, 5:35 PM 7,896 Views 31 Comments

An EU summit is scheduled for the 13th and 14th of December.

Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach
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Nurses and doctors should not be on Christmas holidays in the first weeks of January - Taoiseach

Nov 6th 2018, 9:00 PM 62,528 Views 118 Comments

The Taoiseach says hospitals effectively close down over the Christmas period and that needs to end.

Varadkar accused of 'losing his nerve' as Taoiseach says he's open to 'explore' backstop review mechanism
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Varadkar accused of 'losing his nerve' as Taoiseach says he's open to 'explore' backstop review mechanism

Nov 6th 2018, 4:08 PM 15,227 Views 72 Comments

Leo Varadkar says he has not agreed to anything but is open to ‘creative language’ to get a deal done.

'An attempt at humour': Leo has 'no regrets' over tweet to Brexit supporter
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'An attempt at humour': Leo has 'no regrets' over tweet to Brexit supporter

Oct 23rd 2018, 7:02 PM 51,886 Views 88 Comments

A spokesperson for the Taoiseach says he rarely does British media interviews as his points get skewed.

Leo Varadkar: Brexit isn't a storm; it's the political equivalent of climate change
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Leo Varadkar: Brexit isn't a storm; it's the political equivalent of climate change

Oct 18th 2018, 4:41 PM 10,570 Views 41 Comments

There was disappointment from EU leaders in Brussels today that the UK didn’t put forward any new proposals.

Taoiseach says Frances Fitzgerald could be considered for Cabinet in the future
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Taoiseach says Frances Fitzgerald could be considered for Cabinet in the future

Oct 15th 2018, 3:29 PM 11,112 Views 33 Comments

Last week’s Disclosures Tribunal report effectively exonerated Fitzgerald.

What's behind the Budget 2019 decisions? YOUR chance to ask the Taoiseach
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What's behind the Budget 2019 decisions? YOUR chance to ask the Taoiseach

Oct 10th 2018, 2:11 PM 10,182 Views 126 Comments

Get in your questions to the Taoiseach ahead of tomorrow morning’s Facebook Live.

'She saw it as a stunt': Eoghan Murphy says Catherine Byrne got 'no deal' for confidence vote
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'She saw it as a stunt': Eoghan Murphy says Catherine Byrne got 'no deal' for confidence vote

Sep 26th 2018, 1:30 PM 21,814 Views 67 Comments

The Minister for Housing also said St Michael’s Estate in Inchicore will be redeveloped as planned.

You probably won't believe how much money Bertie Ahern spent on makeup back when he was Taoiseach
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You probably won't believe how much money Bertie Ahern spent on makeup back when he was Taoiseach

Sep 21st 2018, 11:17 AM 13,539 Views 6 Comments

Even if you wanted to spend that much in a week, you’d find it tough.

Government 'regrets misunderstanding' after refusal to meet with mother of Danielle McLaughlin
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Government 'regrets misunderstanding' after refusal to meet with mother of Danielle McLaughlin

Sep 7th 2018, 10:49 PM 38,597 Views 38 Comments

The Taoiseach said that due to an error, his office incorrectly concluded that Danielle was a British citizen.

Trump likely to stop off in Ireland on his way home from Paris, says Coveney
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Trump likely to stop off in Ireland on his way home from Paris, says Coveney

Updated Sep 7th 2018, 1:40 PM 21,697 Views 101 Comments

Varadkar delivered a robust defence of the government’s record on housing this morning.

Eoghan Murphy says there were 'crazier' ideas than Varadkar's to create pro-Fine Gael online accounts
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Eoghan Murphy says there were 'crazier' ideas than Varadkar's to create pro-Fine Gael online accounts

Sep 6th 2018, 10:48 PM 17,542 Views 42 Comments

A new biography of Varadkar’s rise to power says that he suggested creating anonymous accounts to comment on news stories.

Acting classes ruled out at FG think-in, but party to talk gender pay gap and Budget
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Acting classes ruled out at FG think-in, but party to talk gender pay gap and Budget

Sep 6th 2018, 6:45 AM 10,409 Views 32 Comments

Last year, Varadkar was heavily criticised for comments he made to this website insisting that Ireland has “one of the lowest levels of homelessness” .

A love of Mars bars and his hesitations about coming out: What we learn from Leo's new biography
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A love of Mars bars and his hesitations about coming out: What we learn from Leo's new biography

Sep 5th 2018, 6:01 AM 30,972 Views 77 Comments

Leo: Leo Varadkar – A Very Modern Taoiseach has been published today.

AirBnb lobbied officials 49 times in two years on crackdown plan
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AirBnb lobbied officials 49 times in two years on crackdown plan

Aug 19th 2018, 4:00 PM 23,564 Views 53 Comments

With Dublin rent now averaging €500 above the boomtime figure, pressure is mounting on Minister Eoghan Murphy to act.

FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies?
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FactCheck: Did the Taoiseach threaten to ban British planes from Irish skies?

Jul 20th 2018, 1:18 PM 100,172 Views 120 Comments

The UK’s Sun newspaper carried the front page “Irish PM: I’ll ban British planes as revenge for Brexit”.

Referendum on women’s place in the home may be delayed until next year
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Referendum on women’s place in the home may be delayed until next year

Jul 12th 2018, 1:57 PM 16,182 Views 55 Comments

Concerns have been raised about the proposal for a straight-forward deletion of the reference to women in the home in the Constitution.

Taoiseach 'appalled' that comment referring to 'knacker children' not removed by Facebook
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Taoiseach 'appalled' that comment referring to 'knacker children' not removed by Facebook

Jul 11th 2018, 5:29 PM 51,004 Views 70 Comments

The Taoiseach made the comment as he launched the government’s new online safety strategy, which will see Facebook and Google on an advisory panel.

Taoiseach says he'll consider law banning convicted sex offenders from using dating apps
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Taoiseach says he'll consider law banning convicted sex offenders from using dating apps

Jul 11th 2018, 3:21 PM 8,381 Views 47 Comments

Leo Varadkar said he would examine the proposal in detail.