# Leo Varadkar

Last week
17th September 2023 - 23rd September 2023
Taoiseach calls for removal of security council veto power during UN speech
Leo Varadkar also paid tribute to Private Séan Rooney in his speech today.
Varadkar wants tax and USC cuts for middle income earners as 'they pay the most'
Budget talks will begin between the party leaders next week.
Taoiseach says Rishi Sunak rolling back on climate measures is 'bad economic policy' for UK
Varadkar says car industry can’t have uncertain targets and moving goalposts.
Joe Biden asked Varadkar if there was any way he could help around UK's Legacy Bill issues
Taoiseach raised concerns about NI with Biden last night.
Bord Gáis is the latest energy supplier to cut prices ahead of the winter
Meanwhile the Taoiseach said households will need further energy supports in the Budget.
Ireland deeply concerned about rise in violence towards LGBTI people 'at home and abroad', says Varadkar
The Taoiseach says he is proud of how far Ireland has come.
Taoiseach tells UN ‘we are not where we would wish to be’ on Sustainable Development Goals
Leo Varadkar, Tánaiste Micheál Martin and Environment Minister Eamon Ryan are all attending the UN General Assembly this week.
Ireland battles 'Ukraine fatigue' at UN and will confirm €23m in non-lethal funding for Kyiv
Micheál Martin is expected to announce additional funding for Ukraine this week.
Agriculture minister not overruled by Taoiseach on EU nitrates issue, colleague insists
Martin Heydon said it was clear that the commissioner would not revisit the nitrate reduction.
As Dáil returns, all three Coalition leaders head to New York for UN High-Level Week
Leo Varadkar will also travel to Miami on Wednesday for the official opening of Consulate General of Ireland.
This month
September 2023
Is Fine Gael in the midst of an exodus or are recent departees par for the course?
The Journal spoke to three TDs who have decided to not seek re-election.
Varadkar: Garda association does not 'have a right' to meet minister but 'compromise' possible
The Garda Representative Association is due to meet Helen McEntee next week.
Taoiseach indicates hold on excise increase and targeted mortgage interest relief in budget
The Taoiseach said Govt didn’t want to increase excise only to have to reduce it again.
Varadkar welcomes SocDems position on working with Fine Gael after next election
The Taoiseach seemed to reject the Social Democrat leader’s assertion that he is “out of touch”.
Montrose site: Taoiseach says RTÉ relocating would carry costs
Some politicians have called for RTÉ to consider selling the site amid ongoing financial woes at the State broadcaster.
Irish and British ministers still at odds over Varadkar comments about united Ireland and Stormont
NI Secretary Chris Heaton-Harris termed comments by Varadkar around Irish unity and Stormont as ‘unhelpful’.
Taoiseach stands by comment that he believes there will be a united Ireland in his lifetime
Varadkar also said that there would be a sizeable pro-British minority in a united Ireland, and he wanted to ensure they would be respected.
Leo Varadkar in Northern Ireland as €1 billion worth of peace funding announced
Varadkar will be joined by European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic.
Varadkar: 'I have at least one, if not two elections still in me'
He also clarified that there were no plans to hold a general election earlier than 2025.
Taoiseach appeals to UK government to not enact Troubles Legacy Bill as govt mulls legal action
Speaking today, Varadkar said: ‘It’s not a small thing for one state to take a case against another state, but this is a serious situation.’
Taoiseach ‘saddened’ FG councillors voted against leasing site for modular homes for Ukrainians
Varadkar said no sanction would be imposed on the Wicklow Fine Gael councillors who voted against the motion.
Taoiseach says people 'read too much' into Wolfe Tones but warns about 'how songs might be heard'
The group drew the biggest-ever crowd at Electric Picnic last weekend.
Shock road safety adverts of the past weren't liked — but they were effective, says Taoiseach
‘We’ve gone backwards in terms of road safety,’ the Taoiseach said today.
Government considering legal action as Westminster votes to end historical prosecutions in NI
Victims of the Troubles have accused the UK Government of abandoning them, after the Legacy Bill passed its final hurdle at Westminster today.
Cabinet to approve plans for new emerging health threats agency to prepare for future pandemics
A special Cabinet meeting is being held in Wicklow today.
'It has been a privilege': Richard Bruton announces he will not run in the next general election
The veteran Fine Gael TD was first elected to the Dáil in 1982.
Last month
August 2023
Varadkar was told to prepare for 'controversial traditionalist views' ahead of Jacob Rees-Mogg meeting
In prepared notes, Leo Varadkar was briefed on the “retrograde steps” the British government had taken over the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Two referendums instead of one may be required on gender equality with 'tight' November timeline
A referendum on the ‘women in the home’ clause and a separate vote on the definition of family may be needed.
Open letter to Taoiseach seeks wording 'if gender equality referendum is to go ahead '
The Taoiseach said last month that a referendum to amend the “women in the home” clause in the Irish Constitution will go ahead in November.
Opinion: Leo Varadkar's Lidl-inspired cost-of-living leaflet is tone-deaf and out of touch
Mum Margaret Lynch says parents don’t need to be told how expensive back-to school costs are.
Homophobia 'a little more acceptable again' in Ireland, says Varadkar
Varadkar opened up about his upbringing, his sexuality and personal moments in his life on the Ciara Phelan Podcast.
Taoiseach encourages public to pay TV licence fee as RTÉ funding is hit
Varadkar says he would “strongly encourage” people to continue to pay their licence fee.
DUP's Sammy Wilson says Varadkar has 'cheek' after saying Stormont 'plan B' should be considered
Varadkar was in Belfast yesterday to meet with the main political parties of Northern Ireland in a bid to help restore Stormont.
Varadkar raises prospect of Stormont 'Plan B' during busy day of meetings in Belfast
Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie described his meeting with Varadkar as a “neighbourly catch up”.
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government for more than a year amid unionist concerns around post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Alliance Party leader Naomi Long said she is concerned that the window to restore the powersharing institutions before a UK general election is closing.
Sinn Féin vice president Michelle O'Neill has said public patience with the DUP is "wearing thin" in relation to the restoration of Stormont.
DUP leader Jeffrey Donaldson said his focus at the moment is on resolving the "major problems" that were created by the Northern Ireland Protocol.
Taoiseach says UK government is ‘reluctant’ to co-operate with Irish State on Stormont impasse
Northern Ireland has been without a functioning government for more than a year amid unionist concerns around post-Brexit trading arrangements.
Taoiseach says Govt won’t remove Garda Commissioner if he loses no-confidence vote
The Garda Representative Association is balloting members amid a deepening dispute over plans to change the rostering system.
Taoiseach unsure if housing referendum will take place within this Government
Varadkar said that a housing amendment to the constitution should not allow people on the housing list to seek compensation.
Only seven women have been inducted into the Defence Forces this year
TD Violet-Anne Wynne said that ‘the revelations around Women of Honour have been a major obstacle’ to recruitment
Govt would be interested in buying Conor Pass land, but not for €10 million, Varadkar says
The sale of the significant land holding has been advertised on the Conor Pass website for a guide price of €10 million.
Varadkar says there’s a ‘very good chance’ coalition will be re-elected
Varadkar said that running on a joint platform with his coalition partners has not been discussed.