Removing border backstop ‘as bad for Ireland as no-deal Brexit’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is against proposals being put forward by some of the contenders to replace Theresa May as prime minister.

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Rocky two years in office for Leo Varadkar

Tomorrow marks two years since Leo Varadkar was elected Taoiseach. From Brexit to fan letters, Political Editor Daniel McConnell looks back at the highs and lows of Varadkar's time in office

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The way is clear for a general election. But when?

Miracles can happen. A week ago, we were told that it would take 28

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EU commissioner for tourism?: Office would help sustain €6bn sector

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s suggestion that it will cost €50bn to make all homes energy efficient and another €30bn to replace petrol and diesel cars put a figure, no matter how elastic, on climate costs.

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No date set for online safety guidelines in Ireland

Internet safety guidelines for Ireland will be published soon, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said, as he and other leaders met to discuss a crackdown on online abuses.

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Concern as IVF funding still not in place

Couples struggling with infertility have been facing uncertainty after it emerged that financial and legal supports promised by Leo Varadkar three years ago still has not been put in place.

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Varadkar stops short of full apology for Waterford hospital comments

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has twice declined to fully apologise for his response to the Waterford hospital morgue crisis to date, despite admitting he regrets how his initial comments questioning the doctors claims "came across".

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Powersharing parties must be ready to compromise, insists Leo Varadkar

Fresh talks aimed at restoring the coalition at Stormont are to take place next week.

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Varadkar: Sod turning at stalled Cork event centre a mistake

The Taoiseach has admitted that the 2016 pre-election sod turning on the stalled Cork event centre was a mistake.

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Nationalists in Northern Ireland will not be discriminated against – Varadkar

The Taoiseach said people in Northern Ireland will continue to benefit from ‘important rights’.

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Dublin may have plebiscite on directly elected Mayor in 2021, Taoiseach says

With a plebiscite to determine if there will be directly elected mayors in Cork, Limerick and Waterford due to take place next month, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that similar vote may take place in Dublin in 2021.

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Leo’s political flaws become more evident as he becomes less popular

Chatting some time ago to a senior Fine Gaeler we were discussing the then popularity of Leo Varadkar among the FG faithful, the more rural element of it — traditionally the backbone of the party.

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Customs union is best, Varadkar tells UK

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has urged Britain to agree to a post-Brexit customs union that will give it a say in future EU trade deals, insisting Europe can offer the UK a better deal than US President Donald Trump.

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With no experience of changing the world, they did it anyway

They were certainly disagreeing with each other, but that wasn’t why two of the women spoke louder and with more precise diction than the norm in a half-filled railway carriage.

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Leo’s Ireland is a blank slate on which his success may be emulated by all

Fine Gael came out of its national conference on Saturday night into the last lap of this Government’s life span, writes Gerard Howlin.

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Taoiseach's department increases spend on advertising by 250%

There are reports this morning that it increased from €71,000 in 2017 to €1.8 million the following year.

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US Vice President Mike Pence confirms visit to Ireland

US Vice President Mike Pence has said his country stands with Ireland as Brexit continues and will expand trade between the two nations.

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Any US-UK trade deal ‘must not undermine’ North peace

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that he will ask US president Donald Trump not to agree a new free trade deal with the UK if it undermines peace on the island of Ireland.

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Varadkar: Ireland’s corporate tax rate brings certainty

The Taoiseach said the 12.5% tax rate ‘isn’t going to change’.

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Varadkar and Trump to talk equality

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will raise the issue of equality of opportunity for women with US president Donald Trump during a White House meeting next week.

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Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are "happy bedfellows" Taoiseach claims

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein made "happy bedfellows" when they "hounded" former Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald out of office, the Taoiseach has said.

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Varadkar tells ‘oddballs’ not to target politicians’ families and staff

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned “oddballs” who shut down the Department of Health after sending white powder to Simon Harris not to “come after” the staff and families of politicians by putting their safety at risk.

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Varadkar ‘sceptical’ about allowing banned drink drivers to drive to work

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is “sceptical” about proposals to allow people banned for drink driving to continue to drive to and from work, saying the move may be unworkable.

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Taoiseach: Government will consider proposals for inquiry into Hawe murders

The Government will consider proposals for a full inquiry into the murder of Clodagh Hawe and her three sons and will seek new research into the matter of familicides in Ireland.

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Taoiseach open to 'liberalising' taxi and hackney licensing rules

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is open to "liberalising" licensing rules for taxi and hackney drivers in rural Ireland in a bid to address ongoing concerns over the impact of new drink driving laws.

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Varadkar planning his fourth Cabinet reshuffle

The departure of Denis Naughten in controversial circumstances forced Leo Varadkar to move Education Minister Richard Bruton over to Naughten's embattled Department of Communications, to salvage the National Broadband Plan, writes Daniel McConnell

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'New Years Day 2019 marks several important milestones' - Taoiseach

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has released a New Year's Day statement in which he acknowledges an important milestone for Ireland's social progress, economic prosperity and equality of opportunity.

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Meet the Brexit-bashing Twitter account followed by Leo Varadkar

‘I thought if the border could speak for itself it would be quite frightened and also a bit angry.’

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Varadkar warned over calls to limit PAC powers

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and other senior politicians have been warned to stop trying to silence the Dáil’s financial watchdog by suggesting its powers should be limited after a series of high-profile investigations.

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Taoiseach denies he was given free meal at Kylie Minogue gig

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has moved to deny he got free food and drink at Monday night's Kylie gig at the 3Arena in Dublin, having been branded a “spoilt brat”.

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Fianna Fáil must agree confidence and supply deal or bring about election, says Fine Gael

Fianna Fáil must agree to a full confidence and supply deal or bring on a general election, Fine Gael has demanded.

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TD Peter Fitzpatrick resigns from Fine Gael: I felt isolated with the party

Louth TD Peter Fitzpatrick has attacked Taoiseach Leo Varadkar for isolating him since becoming leader in his resignation statement from Fine Gael.

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Taoiseach says he will sack Junior Minister if she abstains in no-confidence vote on Murphy

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will sack Junior Health Minister Catherine Byrne if she abstains in a vote of no-confidence in Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy.

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Taoiseach hails success of Good Friday Agreement during speech at UN

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hailed the Good Friday Agreement for bringing peace following "decades of bitter violence" during a speech at the United Nations.

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Taoiseach to attend Nelson Mandela Peace Summit today

The Summit is being held at UN headquarters in New York.

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Fianna Fáil leaders past and present round on Leo Varadkar

Former taoiseach Brian Cowen has criticised Leo Varadkar for showing “inexperience” and called on him to “act in an adult way” when negotiating with Fianna Fáil.

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Grieving mother seeks apology from Taoiseach after meeting declined

Andrea Brannigan’s daughter Danielle McLaughlin was found dead in Goa last year.

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New book portrays ‘very modern Taoiseach’

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was the notable absentee from the well-attended launch of the first biography of him.

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Government spends €100k on social media adverts

The Government has spent almost €100,000 on a string of social media advertising and marketing campaigns since the start of the year in a bid to win over new voters and cement its poll lead on rivals.

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Leo Varadkar hopes number of female Fine Gael TDs will double at next election

Leo Varadkar hopes the number of female Fine Gael TDs will double at the next election.

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Leo Varadkar warns Ryanair on pay talks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has warned Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary that thousands of stranded passengers “who pay the wages” of directors and pilots could hit back at the airline if pay talks stand-off deepens.

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Eternal Leo’s flame showing no sign of burning out

So, when is Micheál going to be thrown to the lions?

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Taoiseach branded 'air head' by UK newspaper

The Taoiseach has been called an 'air head' by the UK edition of the Sun.

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Taoiseach defends length of TDs holidays

The Taoiseach has defended the length of the holidays TDs get.

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Taoiseach says Fianna Fáil relations not as bad as people believe

The Taoiseach says relations with the Fianna Fáil leader are not as bad as people may think.

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Varadkar’s attack on a free press: Opinions unbecoming of Taoiseach

Leo Varadkar’s bizarre attack on the Irish media has generated criticism not just from journalists, but also from a variety of politicians and others who value a free press.

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Waterford Airport given lifeline by Varadkar

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has pledged support for Waterford Airport, handing the crisis-hit facility a potential lifeline two years after the last commercial flight took off.

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Criminalisation of homosexuality: Varadkar says sorry to victims

The tribute paid by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil to those who were criminalised for homosexual activity, and the apology offered to them by Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan close a dark chapter in Irish social history.

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Taoiseach facing criticism over plans to attend Belfast festival linked to republican movement

The Taoiseach is facing criticism as he prepares to attend a Belfast festival which some link to the republican movement.

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Varadkar thought Lord Kilclooney Twitter account was parody after 'typical Indian' comment

Latest: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he initially thought the Twitter account of Lord Kilclooney - who called him a "typical Indian" - was a parody.

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Latest: Mike Pence says he'd welcome Leo Varadkar's partner Matt to his home

Latest: Mike Pence has told Leo Varadkar his partner, Matthew Barrett, would be welcome in his home next year.

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Latest: Varadkar releases correspondence in relation to wind farm controversy

Latest: The Taoiseach's department has released the email Leo Varadkar sent to Fáilte Ireland boss Shaun Quinn in relation to a planning dispute linked to President Donald Trump's golf course in Ireland.

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Latest: Labour Party has slammed Taoiseach's decision to invite Donald Trump to Ireland

Latest: The Labour Party has slammed the Taoiseach's decision to invite Donald Trump to Ireland.

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Taoiseach will congratulate Donald Trump for US tax law changes

Leo Varadkar has said America has emulated Ireland's tax policy and he will not be criticising US President Donald Trump about the administration's tax changes when he meets him.

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Leo Varadkar will try to raise conversion therapy issue with Mike Pence

The Taoiseach says he may try to raise the issue of conversion therapy with US Vice-President Mike Pence.

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Ireland can act as a bridge to prevent US-EU trade war, says Varadkar

"I fear that there is a danger that the EU and the United States may drift apart due to growing divisions on trade, tax, climate change and many other areas."

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Taoiseach hopes Davos trip will lead to more investment

The Taoiseach is hoping his trip to the World Economic Forum will lead to more investment in Ireland.

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Bertie Ahern says Taoiseach is ’doing well but has a bit to go’ to surpass his popularity record

Bertie Ahern says Leo Varadkar is doing well as Taoiseach, but has not surpassed his record in Government just yet.

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Taoiseach to discuss Brexit talks with Bulgarian prime minister Boyko Borissov

The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is in the Bulgarian capital Sofia today for a meeting with the country's prime minister Boyko Borissov.

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