Taoiseach Leo Varadkar visits Biden

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Engages with US President Biden on Global Affairs

Yesterday saw Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar meet with US President Joe Biden at The White House as part of the annual St. Patrick’s visit. Varadkar utilized this opportunity to address significant global issues including the conflict in Gaza, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Northern Ireland, and the situation of undocumented Irish immigrants in the US. Despite … Read more

Ireland's Nightclub

Ireland’s Nightclub Hours Extension Faces Summer Delay, Says Taoiseach

Irish Nightclub Opening Hours Delayed: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has raised concerns about the timely implementation of new laws extending nightclub operating hours until 6 am and pubs until 12.30 am. Initially expected before Christmas, the changes aim to align Ireland with European nightlife standards. While addressing the issue in Bucharest, Varadkar expressed uncertainty about the … Read more

Joe Biden arrives in Carlingford Co Louth after road trip from Dublin airport

US President Joe Biden has landed in Carlingford and will visit the area before travelling to Dundalk. The President arrived at Dublin Airport covered by umbrellas in preparation for his three-day visit to the Republic. Air Force One landed at Dublin Airport on Wednesday afternoon in heavy rain and cold winds. Mr Biden, accompanied by … Read more

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar Launches New Jersey Design For Ongar Cricket Club

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar launched a new jersey design for Ongar Cricket Club. The launch was held at the Ongar Cricket Club on Saturday, April 1, 2023. Jersey Design Launch Ongar Cricket Club officially unveiled their new jerseys for Leinster League and T20 competitions for their first-ever season on 1st April 2023 in presence of over … Read more

Govt to extend some cost-of-living supports – Taoiseach

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  has stated that additional cost-of-living measures that will be made public in the spring will include a “social welfare and pensions element.” The leader of Fine Gael said that this week, the ministers of finance, public expenditure, and social protection will meet with the leaders of the three coalition parties to discuss the … Read more

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar confirms cost of living measures to end after February

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that the cost-of-living measures come to an end after February because the government lacks the funds to keep them all going. Mr. Varadkar said that the government will conduct a review to determine which measures they can continue to support after the introduction of cost-of-living measures like the three €200 … Read more

Taoiseach Varadkar and UK Prime Minister Sunak have ‘good conversation’ about Northern Ireland Protocol

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak have had a “good conversation” about the Northern Ireland Protocol. The two leaders spoke by phone on a range of issues but the conversation mostly focused on restoring the democratic institutions in Northern Ireland and the ongoing EU-UK negotiations on the protocol and British-Irish relations … Read more

Indian-Origin Leo Varadkar re-elected as Taoiseach under rotation deal

Indian-Origin Leo Varadkar has formally taken over as Ireland’s Taoiseach for the second time after receiving the seal of office from the President. In a rotation between his Fine Gael and Martin’s Fianna Fail parties that was unprecedented in Irish history, Varadkar took over as Taoiseach from Michael Martin. The two main parties in a … Read more

Leo Varadkar set to replace Micheál Martin as Taoiseach

Following a vote in the Dáil, Leo Varadkar will succeed Micheál Martin as Taoiseach today. Mr. Martin will submit his resignation to President Michael D. Higgins this morning. These changes of roles at the top of Government are in keeping with the agreement underpinning the coalition. The Dáil is expected to vote to nominate Mr. … Read more

Micheál Martin to make last trip as Taoiseach at EU-ASEAN leaders summit in Brussels

Micheál Martin is set to make his last trip as Taoiseach to Brussels today for a summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) leaders and their EU counterparts.  He will also attend a meeting of the European Council, beginning on Thursday. Speaking ahead of the meetings, the Taoiseach said: “Recent years have shown … Read more

Taoiseach to announce €50 million funding for Shared Island

More than €50 million in funding will be announced by the Taoiseach today for a number of Shared Island partnership programmes. It will be Micheál Martin’s final appearance on the show before Leo Varadkar, the leader of the Fine Gael party, takes over on December 17. The programmes that will receive funding include initiatives to … Read more

Leo Varadkar set to become Taoiseach on December 17th

Leo Varadkar, currently the Tánaiste, will officially take office as Taoiseach on December 17. The Fine Gael leader will take over from Micheál Martin on that date, a source told the PA news agency. According to the Program for Government, the Taoiseach position rotation was supposed to take place on December 15th, but it is … Read more

Taoiseach assures pay-as-you-go utility customers will not be disconnected if unable to top up

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has stated that those who use pay-as-you-go electricity and gas would not be disconnected if they are unable to fill up their meters. It comes just days after Tánaiste Leo Varadkar informed the Dáil that for pay-as-you-go consumers, a moratorium on utility disconnections due to non-payment would be impossible to implement. The … Read more

Taoiseach signals for Leaving Cert reform and warns of price hikes

In his speech to the Fianna Fáil Ard Fheis, Micheál Martin has said the Leaving Cert has to be reformed and has warned some price rises in recent months will be permanent. According to the Irish Examiner, in his closing address, he addressed Covid-19, health, housing, education, cost of living, climate, culture, and identity. He … Read more

People who work until 67 or older could receive higher State pension

People who work until they are 67 or older could be eligible for a higher rate of State Pension than those retiring at 66. The new proposals by the government would financially reward people who retire later in life and pay them a higher weekly pension rate while keeping the State ­pension age at 66. … Read more