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Leo Varadkar

Irish politician; Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, current Minister for Defence, and leader of the Fine Gael party

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Leo Varadkar: Irish politician; Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, current Minister for Defence, and leader of the Fine Gael party
Leo Eric Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician and physician. He has served as the Leader of Fine Gael, and as Taoiseach and Minister for Defence in the Government of Ireland, since June 2017. Following the 2020 Irish general election in which Fine Gael were returned as the third largest party behind Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin, Varadkar resigned but remains in office as caretaker Taoiseach until a successor is appointed. He has also been a Teachta Dála (TD) for the Dublin West constituency since 2007.

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Leo Varadkar says schools will re-open at the end of August [Video]

Leo Varadkar says schools will re-open at the end of August

Taioseach Leo Varadkar announces that schools will re-open at the end of August. He also says that proposals for a voluntary summer school are in the works for children with special needs.

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Leo Varadkar confirms restrictions will ease from Monday [Video]

Leo Varadkar confirms restrictions will ease from Monday

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirms that Covid-19 restrictions will begin easing on Monday at the press conference at Government Buildings, Dublin.

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Varadkar: Coronavirus is a fire in retreat [Video]

Varadkar: Coronavirus is a fire in retreat

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar gives an update on the coronavirus lockdown measure in the Dail. He is "increasingly confident" the country can move to phase one of the exit strategy next week.

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Varadkar: Ireland will begin journey to new normal after two more lockdown weeks [Video]

Varadkar: Ireland will begin journey to new normal after two more lockdown weeks

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announces that Ireland will begin easing restrictions over five phases that begin on May 18 and will take until August 10 to complete. Mr Varadkar announced the easing of two..

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Varadkar: Figures aren't good enough to lift restrictions yet [Video]

Varadkar: Figures aren't good enough to lift restrictions yet

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says the numbers of ICU admissions, new cases and deaths due to Covid-19 "just aren't good enough yet" to start easing restrictions in Ireland.

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Restrictions on movement in Ireland extended to May 5 [Video]

Restrictions on movement in Ireland extended to May 5

Ireland's Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that the current restrictions on movement in Ireland will be extended beyond Easter Sunday to Tuesday May 5.

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Irish PM expects new coalition government in place by end of June

Ireland's acting prime minister Leo Varadkar on Friday said he expected a new coalition government to be in place by the end of June once the three parties involved have agreed a policy programme and..
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Irish PM says good chance social distancing rule can be relaxed

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar raised the prospect on Friday of halving social distancing rules from two metres to one if the rate of coronavirus infections comes down further in a potential boost..
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Ireland may decide next week to speed up reopening plan

Ireland may next week speed up the reopening of its economy if coronavirus infections remain low, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday, though its chief medical officer said he was likely to..
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UK deal on EU ties is possible, PM Johnson tells Ireland's Varadkar

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar on Friday that he believed it was possible to reach an agreement with the European Union over Britain's future relationship,..
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Ireland to make 14-day quarantine for travellers compulsory

Ireland will make it mandatory for incoming travellers to provide the address at which they will self-isolate for 14 days, having previously asked for such details but not required them, Prime Minister..
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Ireland to press ahead with partial reopening of economy

Ireland will begin the partial and gradual reopening of its economy as planned from Monday, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Friday.
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Irish PM says it will take months for EU travel to return to normal

It will take months not weeks for COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted and travel around the European Union to return to normal, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told parliament on Thursday.
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Irish PM sees targeted extension of emergency wage, welfare schemes

Ireland will likely extend COVID-19 emergency wage and jobless payment schemes beyond June, keeping them in place at the very least for sectors unable to open by then, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said..
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Ireland to consider easing restrictions every 2-4 weeks, PM says

Ireland's roadmap for gradually easing coronavirus restrictions will lay out how any changes will be made every two to four weeks, but the government will intervene earlier if things go off track,..
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Nursing home supports not happening fast enough: Irish PM

New measures to help protect residents in Irish nursing homes from the coronavirus are not being implemented fast enough, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said as his acting government faced criticism for..
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Irish PM says any lifting of restrictions will be over months

When Ireland is able to begin relaxing stay-at-home restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, the measures will be rolled back over a number of months, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar..
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Ireland extends coronavirus lockdown to May 5

Ireland on Friday extended its stay-at-home coronavirus restrictions until May 5, as Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said the curbs had significantly slowed the spread of the outbreak but more work was..
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Irish PM says 'fervent hope' is to ease virus restrictions after May 5

The Irish government's "fervent hope" is to gradually ease coronavirus restrictions on movement and economic activity after May 5, but that is not guaranteed and any easing would be gradual, Prime..
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Ireland's PM returns to medical practice to help in coronavirus crisis

Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar has re-registered as a medical practitioner and will work one shift a week to help out during the coronavirus crisis, his office said on Sunday.
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Irish PM's party sees support surge on coronavirus response - poll

The party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has seen its support surge on its response to the coronavirus pandemic, an opinion poll showed on Sunday, reversing a sharp fall in support registered in..
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Irish PM says new government can be formed in next two weeks

Acting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday it would be possible to form a new government in the next two weeks, returning the focus to negotiations that have been sidelined by the..
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Irish PM says schools could stay closed until May

Ireland's schools could stay closed until May with a big rise in coronavirus cases expected over the coming days as testing ramps up, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told a meeting of his Fine Gael..
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'A St. Patrick's Day like no other,' Irish PM speaks to nation

Ireland's government will at some point advise the elderly and those with long-term illnesses to stay at home for weeks to try to save lives from the coronavirus, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on a..
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Irish PM expects 15,000 coronavirus cases by end of March

Ireland expects its number of coronavirus cases to increase to around 15,000 by the end of the month from 223 currently, Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Monday, as the government advised against..
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Ireland to shut schools and universities over coronavirus

Ireland will shut schools, universities and childcare facilities until March 29 and restrict mass gathering to slow the spread of the coronavirus, acting Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Thursday.
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Ireland’s center-right parties, Greens to hold post-election talks

Acting Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar told his parliamentary party on Wednesday that there was currently no basis to negotiate a government program with other parties, but that he would hold talks..
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Irish Fianna Fail lawmaker says party undecided on Fine Gael talks

Ireland's center-right Fianna Fail party has not come to any decision about the prospect of coalition talks with the Fine Gael party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, one of its lawmakers said on..
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Irish PM tacitly criticizes Johnson's sacking of Northern Ireland minister

Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, tacitly criticized British leader Boris Johnson for sacking his Northern Ireland minister Julian Smith, hailing Smith as "one of Britain's finest..
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Irish PM ready for opposition, leaves coalition option open

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Wednesday it was likely he would be the next leader of the opposition after government formation talks but that his Fine Gael party would be willing to help..
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Irish PM says obligation on all to ensure political stability

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, whose Fine Gael party came a narrow third in national elections at the weekend, said that while the poll had transformed politics, there was an obligation on all..
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Ireland's Fine Gael said will try to form a government

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael party still hopes to lead the next government, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said on Monday after initial results indicated the party will have the..
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Irish PM Varadkar says coalition with Sinn Fein is not an option

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Sunday a coalition between his center-right Fine Gael party and left-wing nationalists Sinn Fein is not an option as the parties' policies are "not..
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Sinn Fein Irish election surge leaves three main parties tied

Support for left-wing Irish nationalists Sinn Fein surged in an election on Saturday, leaving it tied with the party of Prime Minister Leo Varadkar but unlikely to emerge with the highest number of..
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Irish vote may end Varadkar's spell as PM as Sinn Fein surges

Irish voters look likely to dump Prime Minister Leo Varadkar from power on Saturday in an election that could alter the political landscape with a surge by Sinn Fein, which has struck a chord among..
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Irish housing crisis derails Varadkar's re-election bid

Nine years after a devastating crash in property prices catapulted the party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to power, a housing market recovery too rapid for many threatens to dump it into..
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Rigid red lines will hamper progress on EU trade deal: Ireland's Varadkar

Britain and the European Union should not set such rigid red lines before talks on a trade deal because that could make it more difficult to secure an agreement, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said..
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British, EU level trade playing field possible but difficult: Irish PM

There is scope for the European Union and Britain to agree to maintain equal standards in a future trade deal, but coming to such an agreement will be hugely difficult, Irish Prime Minister Leo..
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Irish PM says EU, Britain not that far away on trade

The European Union and Britain are further apart in rhetoric than substance as they begin future trade talks, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said ahead of Britain's departure from the bloc on..
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Third poll shows Irish PM's party behind in election race

The party of Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is trailing its main rival ahead of a general election on Feb. 8, a third consecutive poll showed on Sunday, with data indicating few voters trust it on..
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Main Irish opposition rules out grand coalition with PM's party

Ireland's main opposition party Fianna Fail, leading in opinion polls, on Thursday ruled out forming a grand coalition with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar's Fine Gael after the Feb. 8 election.
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Irish PM willing to enter grand coalition with main rival

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said for the first time on Wednesday that he would consider entering an unprecedented coalition government with the country's second-largest party and historic rival..
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Main Irish opposition surged into 12-point lead as election called

Ireland's main opposition party, Fianna Fail, surged into a 12-point lead over the governing Fine Gael party according to an opinion poll that was published on Sunday but conducted mainly before Prime..
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Homeless issues puts Irish PM on electoral backfoot

The plight of a homeless man badly injured when city workers cleared the tent he was sleeping in put Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on the backfoot on Thursday as housing issues dominated the start..
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Irish PM seeks to put Brexit at center of Feb. 8 election

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Tuesday called a parliamentary election for Feb. 8, pitting his record on Brexit and Ireland's fast growing economy against struggling services in a contest polls..
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Irish PM calls national election for Feb. 8

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he would ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament in order to hold a parliamentary election on February 8.
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Irish PM to call February national election: president's office

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar will ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to hold a parliamentary election in February, the president's office said in a..
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Irish PM expected to call February election: reports

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar is expected to ask President Michael D. Higgins to dissolve parliament on Tuesday in order to call a February parliamentary election, local media reported.
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UK PM Johnson visits Northern Ireland to meet new executive, Irish PM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Northern Ireland on Monday to mark the restoration of the British province's devolved executive after three years and to hold talks with Irish counterpart Leo..
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Ireland's PM sets stage for possible February election

Ireland's Prime Minster Leo Varadkar said on Sunday he had made a decision on the timing of a general election, with many media outlets and politicians predicting a Feb. 7 poll.
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