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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 51,006 Views 74 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.

Varadkar says he 'profoundly regrets' if anyone thinks he doesn't support a free press in Ireland
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Varadkar says he 'profoundly regrets' if anyone thinks he doesn't support a free press in Ireland

Jul 4th 2018, 12:36 PM 21,540 Views 120 Comments

There had been calls for him to clarify his remarks.

Varadkar defends launching Belfast festival: 'Olly Murs is headlining - he's hardly a die hard republican'
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Varadkar defends launching Belfast festival: 'Olly Murs is headlining - he's hardly a die hard republican'

Jun 7th 2018, 1:12 PM 42,127 Views 117 Comments

Leo Varadkar has been criticised for launching a West Belfast festival during his sixth trip to Northern Ireland as Taoiseach.

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Taoiseach to talk to Micheál Martin about extending confidence and supply 'when the time is right'

May 30th 2018, 6:15 PM 43,725 Views 65 Comments

The confidence and supply agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil runs until the Budget next October.

Leo Varadkar: 'I find it difficult to contemplate there being a No vote'
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Leo Varadkar: 'I find it difficult to contemplate there being a No vote'

May 24th 2018, 1:23 PM 25,224 Views 199 Comments

The Taoiseach said opinion polls have been wrong in the past.

Leo Varadkar: It's 'only a matter of time' before a woman dies after taking abortion pills unsupervised
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Leo Varadkar: It's 'only a matter of time' before a woman dies after taking abortion pills unsupervised

May 18th 2018, 10:28 AM 17,583 Views 346 Comments

The Taoiseach told RTÉ about why he’s voting ‘Yes’.

Leo: 'Emma is 37 years old, roughly my age. She could be my sister or one of my friends'
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Leo: 'Emma is 37 years old, roughly my age. She could be my sister or one of my friends'

May 11th 2018, 3:47 PM 31,006 Views 77 Comments

A package of financial measures for the women impacted by the smear test scandal were announced after a special Cabinet meeting today.

Leo Varadkar named on list of 'global leaders' under 40
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Leo Varadkar named on list of 'global leaders' under 40

May 9th 2018, 3:32 PM 24,618 Views 101 Comments

The World Economic Forum has named him on its list of the 100 most promising leaders under 40.

Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the new HPV test for cervical cancer
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Explainer: Here's what you need to know about the new HPV test for cervical cancer

May 3rd 2018, 6:00 AM 26,370 Views 7 Comments

The accuracy of HPV testing is significantly higher than liquid based cytology testing, which is the testing used now, and is expected to result in fewer women receiving a false negative result.

'It was not an appropriate comment to make': Minister slapped down for comments about coalition with Sinn Féin
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'It was not an appropriate comment to make': Minister slapped down for comments about coalition with Sinn Féin

Apr 11th 2018, 7:15 PM 21,265 Views 73 Comments

Junior Minister Jim Daly said he has “no ideological objection” to Sinn Fein being in government with Fine Gael.

Taoiseach says he uses his personal email for official business when his mobile phone goes dead
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Taoiseach says he uses his personal email for official business when his mobile phone goes dead

Mar 29th 2018, 3:00 PM 17,595 Views 49 Comments

The Taoiseach was grilled about the unit’s controversial Ireland 2040 plan, the body’s expenditure, and the use of his personal email for official government business.

Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign
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Committee raises stigmatisation concerns over the use of 'welfare cheats' term in department campaign

Mar 28th 2018, 8:30 PM 15,087 Views 70 Comments

The Public Accounts Committee also raised concerns about the use of “fraud” in department material.

Leo's controversial Strategic Communications Unit to be wound down within months
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Leo's controversial Strategic Communications Unit to be wound down within months

Mar 27th 2018, 3:36 PM 13,304 Views 50 Comments

The Taoiseach told his Cabinet today the unit’s budget will be cut by 50% and the staff reduced.

Taoiseach's role in proposed Garda PR campaign called 'jaw-dropping'
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Taoiseach's role in proposed Garda PR campaign called 'jaw-dropping'

Mar 18th 2018, 3:29 PM 38,007 Views 80 Comments

The discussions came at a time when the publication of CSO figures was hotly debated.

Irish flags, selfies and Leo chants: Taoiseach gets a pep in his step walking down Fifth Avenue
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Irish flags, selfies and Leo chants: Taoiseach gets a pep in his step walking down Fifth Avenue

Mar 17th 2018, 8:00 PM 35,625 Views 150 Comments

Leo Varadkar said it was a privilege to march in the New York City parade today

Leo Varadkar: 'I don't agree with the Catholic Church's policy towards women'
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Leo Varadkar: 'I don't agree with the Catholic Church's policy towards women'

Mar 14th 2018, 7:45 AM 26,453 Views 123 Comments

Speaking in Washington, the Taoiseach also said he didn’t think it was the State’s role to tell any religion what rules it should make.

Minister establishes Referendum Commission for Eighth Amendment referendum
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# Eighth Amendment

Minister establishes Referendum Commission for Eighth Amendment referendum

Mar 9th 2018, 10:25 PM 30,398 Views 248 Comments

Earlier, Simon Harris outlined details of a policy paper on the proposed abortion legislation.

Leo admits 'mistakes were made' and 'controls were too loose' with his communications unit
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Leo admits 'mistakes were made' and 'controls were too loose' with his communications unit

Mar 6th 2018, 6:15 PM 30,958 Views 79 Comments

Varadkar came under fire during Leaders’ Questions when opposition parties called for the unit to be disbanded.

Varadkar says describing civil servants as being akin to Nazis is 'wholly inappropriate'
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# Communications Unit

Varadkar says describing civil servants as being akin to Nazis is 'wholly inappropriate'

Feb 28th 2018, 5:52 PM 22,587 Views 60 Comments

The Taoiseach says he is not “thin-skinned” but believes criticism of Ireland 2040 adverts is unfair.

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap
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# Stay Warm

Government will offer an extra week of fuel allowance during the cold snap

Feb 28th 2018, 9:52 AM 26,808 Views 67 Comments

The decision means that fuel allowance recipients will now automatically receive €45 for this week instead of the usual €22.50.

'Beast from the East is coming our way': Leo says weather advice will be clear about whether to stay home from work
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# Red Alert

'Beast from the East is coming our way': Leo says weather advice will be clear about whether to stay home from work

Feb 27th 2018, 8:42 AM 96,837 Views 89 Comments

During Storm Ophelia’s red alert there was confusion as to whether people should go to work or remain at home.

McDonald: 'If the DUP crashed this thinking that they would return to the bosom of direct rule, they thought wrong'
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# Deal Or No Deal

McDonald: 'If the DUP crashed this thinking that they would return to the bosom of direct rule, they thought wrong'

Feb 16th 2018, 10:00 PM 28,228 Views 90 Comments

In a wide-ranging interview, the Sinn Féin leader said her party still has the political will to get back around the table for talks.

Varadkar: 'Right now a 15-year-old girl who is raped cannot get an abortion'
# The Eighth
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# The Eighth

Varadkar: 'Right now a 15-year-old girl who is raped cannot get an abortion'

Jan 31st 2018, 7:23 PM 20,724 Views 243 Comments

Leo Varadkar said no foreign funding should prop up either campaign in the referendum.

Taoiseach wants to up spending on climate change to avoid hefty EU fines
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Taoiseach wants to up spending on climate change to avoid hefty EU fines

Jan 4th 2018, 6:01 AM 9,782 Views 78 Comments

Ireland is facing a fine of €75 million each year if 16% of its energy doesn’t come from renewable-energy sources by 2020.

Leo Varadkar regrets saying he wanted to retire from politics by the age of 51
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# Going Nowhere

Leo Varadkar regrets saying he wanted to retire from politics by the age of 51

Jan 3rd 2018, 6:10 AM 17,000 Views 32 Comments

The Taoiseach said he is in politics for the long haul.

Taoiseach says he can see no reason why the confidence and supply agreement can't be extended
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# Let's Talk

Taoiseach says he can see no reason why the confidence and supply agreement can't be extended

Dec 29th 2017, 2:00 PM 8,165 Views 62 Comments

Micheál Martin says his party want to see delivery on the key issues in 2018

'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'
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# Changing Tack

'I won't be running a similar campaign' - Minister drops 'Welfare Cheats' approach, but says €500m fraud figure 'absolutely accurate'

Dec 28th 2017, 6:15 AM 19,815 Views 94 Comments

“It’s difficult to say in hindsight whether I would have run such a campaign or not,” says Minister Regina Doherty.

Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach
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Read the emails sent to Leo in his first month as Taoiseach

Dec 25th 2017, 2:00 PM 16,432 Views 41 Comments

People wanted to talk to Varadkar about the Pride Parade, the Eighth Amendment and the cost of rent.

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down
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# The Long Goodbye

'My seven-year-old daughter shed a tear': Enda Kenny received a lot of well wishes when he stepped down

Dec 24th 2017, 9:30 PM 18,573 Views 61 Comments

Although one critic wrote: “Thank God you’re finally off … back to the bog you came from.”

Leo Varadkar says his low point of 2017 was Frances Fitzgerald's resignation
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Leo Varadkar says his low point of 2017 was Frances Fitzgerald's resignation

Dec 24th 2017, 1:14 PM 11,797 Views 93 Comments

The Taoiseach told The Sunday Independent that the Brexit deal struck in December of this year was his highlight of 2017.

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year
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# You're Too Kind

Trump and Prince Charles got the most expensive gifts from the Taoiseach this year

Dec 23rd 2017, 7:30 AM 24,986 Views 23 Comments

Justin Trudeau got socks from Leo Varadkar (of course), among other presents.

Leo wants to have a convention on the status of women in Ireland
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# Gender Inequality

Leo wants to have a convention on the status of women in Ireland

Dec 20th 2017, 4:40 PM 16,081 Views 180 Comments

The commission will submit a report on ways to tackle gender inequality in Ireland.

Change of plans: Barrister to head up review into Justice Department's email trawl
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# Dig Deep

Change of plans: Barrister to head up review into Justice Department's email trawl

Dec 12th 2017, 3:32 PM 11,814 Views 17 Comments

Concerns had been raised with the Taoiseach about the secretary-general of his own department carrying out the review.

Government officials to meet next week to get plans underway for Pope Francis visit
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# Pope Plans

Government officials to meet next week to get plans underway for Pope Francis visit

Dec 10th 2017, 7:30 AM 8,301 Views 47 Comments

Phoenix Park is on course to host the Pontiff for his farewell Mass during his visit next August.

Leo Varadkar brings 'World's Best Taoiseach' mug to Brexit prep meeting
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# Strategic Mug Unit

Leo Varadkar brings 'World's Best Taoiseach' mug to Brexit prep meeting

Dec 8th 2017, 7:15 PM 43,394 Views 124 Comments

Which – technically – is an accurate statement.

Leo Varadkar has a 'World's Best Taoiseach' mug and there are so many questions
# Strategic Mug Unit
# Strategic Mug Unit

Leo Varadkar has a 'World's Best Taoiseach' mug and there are so many questions

Dec 8th 2017, 10:41 AM 8,305 Views 4 Comments

What next?

People are losing it over this UK MP getting so many facts about Ireland wrong on Sky News last night
# Enda Kelly
# Enda Kelly

People are losing it over this UK MP getting so many facts about Ireland wrong on Sky News last night

Dec 5th 2017, 7:57 AM 33,823 Views 1 Comment

Ah stop.

Leo Varadkar was snapped wearing a vest to a cabinet meeting and of course there were jokes
# The Vest Around
# The Vest Around

Leo Varadkar was snapped wearing a vest to a cabinet meeting and of course there were jokes

Dec 4th 2017, 7:00 PM 13,295 Views 4 Comments

See his vest, see his vest…