Leo Varadkar

  • The new Bishop of Cork and Ross says Leo Varadkar needs to learn from comments he made about Fianna Fáil leader, Micheál Martin.

    During a Dáil debate this week, the Taoiseach said the opposition leader reminds him of a priest who preaches then sins behind the altar.

    Leo Varadkar subsequently apologised for the remarks.

    Bishop Fintan Gavin says the Taoiseach needs to be respectful of victims of abuse who were also offended by his comments.

  • The Taoiseach says digging at the site of the mother-and-baby home in Tuam won't start until the end of next year, as legislation is needed before work can begin.

    In October, cabinet approved proposals by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone to excavate the site, after the work of historian, Catherine Corless, uncovered that 7-hundred-and-96 babies were buried there in an unmarked grave.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says that measures need to be put in place to allow the government excavate the property.

  • Leo Varadkar seems to be bearing the brunt of the recent controversies over the nurses' strike and the costings row for the National Children's Hospital.

    A Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes Poll out today shows his personal satisfaction rating below 40 percent for a second month in a row, behind Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin on 43.

    The paper's Political Editor Stephen O'Brien says it's not a good result for the Taoiseach.

  • Leo Vardakar's popularity as well as satisfaction with the Government has fallen according to the latest opinion polls.

    The Irish Times Ipsos MRBI poll has found that satisfaction with the Taoiseach now stands 36%, the lowest level since he took office in two years ago.

    According to the poll, Government's popularity now stands at 38 per cent, a drop of seven points since March.  

    Fine Gael's approval ratings also fell, by a point, while Fianna Fail is up by two points.

    Sinn Féin's popularity dropped five points to 16 per cent, Labour is up one to seven per cent, while Independents/others have jumped three points to 22 per cent.

  • The Taoiseach, and UK Prime Minister discussed Brexit and the ongoing political impasse in the North at a private dinner in Farmleigh in Dublin.

    Leo Varadkar and Theresa May met last night, as Britain looks for an alternative to the current plans for the border in the Withdrawal Agreement.

    The meeting was described as taking place in a 'warm' atmosphere.

    The Taoiseach  though insisted the working dinner was not a formal negotiation. 

  • The Taoiseach says he's disgusted that some details of a report into the cervical cancer controversy have leaked.

    It's reported Dr Gabriel Scally doesn't believe a full commission of inquiry into the scandal is needed.

    A meeting with some of those affected has now been brought forward to this evening as a result of the leaks.

    Vicky Phelan has taken to Twitter to call it a 'whitewash'.

    Leo Varadkar says he's appalled some reporters saw the details before those affected.

  • Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged his support to the Strategic Development Zone being developed at Ireland West Airport Knock, and will ensure the assistance of State agencies to help attract investment and jobs to the region.

    That's according to the airport's managing director Joe Gilmore, who says that during the Taoiseach's recent visit to the airport to officially open the newly-overlaid runway, Mr Varadker was also shown plans for the SDZ and said he would support the development.

    Councillors in the Claremorris & Swinford Municipal Districts held their monthly meeting at Ireland West Airport Knock this week to view the new infrastructural developments at the facility, and to hear plans for the Strategic Development Zone.

  • The Taoiseach says a positive vote in the House of Commons tonight will remove the dark cloud of Brexit from over Ireland.

    British MPs will vote on the withdrawal agreement once again this evening after Theresa May secured legally binding assurances to the backstop.

    It provides confirmation to the UK that the EU cannot try to trap it in the backstop indefinitely.

    The assurances will need to be enough to persuade pro-Brexit Conservatives and the DUP in order to get the deal over the line.

    Leo Varadkar says he hopes and trusts it will be passed by MPs this evening.

  • The Taoiseach says he's not ruling out the possibility of an election in 2019.

    That's despite Fine Gael and Fianna Fail agreeing to extend the confidence and supply arrangement for another budget.

    The leaders of both parties have said an extension was agreed due to the uncertainty posed by Brexit.

    Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says it's one of the biggest challenges facing the confidence and supply agreement.

  • The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in county Mayo today for a number of engagements.

     Earlier today the Taoiseach visited The Town Hall Theatre in Westport where the government hosted a special forum on “Creating Stronger Rural economies and Communities”, part of the Project Ireland 2040 programme.

    On his way in to the building the Taoiseach was greeted by placards calling for a public water supply between Westport and Louisburgh.

    Following the launch of the Rural Strand of Project Ireland 2040, the Taoiseach will visit Castlebar at  3.30pm.

     He is expected to take a brief walkabout before going to Coady’s Bar, on Linenhall Street in the town.

    Later in the afternoon the Taoiseach will travel to Ireland West Airport Knock where he will meet the board to discuss further state support and investment in the airport.

    The Taoiseach told Midwest News this afternoon that the Government doesn't want rural Ireland to survive it wants it to thrive.

  • The Taoiseach is being urged to challenge the British Prime Minister over the damage his approach to Brexit could cause this country.

    Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson are due to meet in Dublin on Monday.

    It comes as the British Labour Party says it's still committed to a general election in the UK, and it's not a case of "if", but "when" that happens.

    Leader Jeremy Corbyn insists he's ready, once the risk of a no-deal Brexit is removed.

    Former Downing Street Press Secretary, Alistair Campbell, says the Taoiseach needs to deliver a strong message at Monday's meeting.