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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Leo Varadkar to enrol in Irish course for summer hols

Leo Varadkar, T.D.,minister for transport, tourism and Sport pictured before attending the Irish tourism industry federation agm at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 19/4/12
Leo Varadkar, T.D.,minister for transport, tourism and Sport pictured before attending the Irish tourism industry federation agm at the Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit; Damien Eagers 19/4/12
Breda Heffernan

Breda Heffernan

TRANSPORT Minister Leo Varadkar will be using his summer holidays to brush up on his cupla focail.

While a majority of politicians surveyed were reluctant to reveal their holiday destinations, Mr Varadkar revealed that he will be heading to the Donegal Gaeltacht in the west of the county where he will enroll on an Irish language course.

He may bump into Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, who has a holiday home in the area and who will also be opting for a "staycation" this summer.

Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney is heading to west Cork, as he does every year, but will also be hoping to have a week away in the sun.

A spokeswoman said Mr Coveney will be looking for something "family friendly"for him and his wife Ruth and two young children, 15-month-old Jessica and Jack (3).

Meanwhile, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton and Jobs Minister Richard Bruton will be hoping to pull a late deal as neither has yet made any getaway plans.

A spokeswoman for Justice Minister Alan Shatter said details of his summer break cannot be disclosed for security reasons. His Dublin home was burgled earlier this year while he was away in Australia for official St Patrick's Day celebrations.

None of the other cabinet ministers or the Taoiseach were forthcoming about their summer plans.

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin will be holidaying as usual with his family in west Cork.

Politicians will be getting a much shorter break than in previous years.

The Dail will rise on July 19 and won't sit again until September 18.

In the past, the summer recess saw TDs bid farewell to Leinster House in early June and not return until the end of September.

Irish Independent

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