Leo Varadkar is an Irish Fine Gael politician.
His Holiness Pope Francis must be green-eyed with envy this weekend. He is surely gazing longingly from his Vatican perch, agog at the Irish way of doing things. As the powers of the papacy diminish and he searches for alternative models of exercising undemocratic authority, he should look no further than the office of Ireland’s Attorney General. The pontiff will be dumbstruck with admiration for Ireland’s answer to papal infallibility.
THIS weekend marks two years since the ‘grand coalition’ of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the Green Party came to power. Micheál Martin’s Cabinet picks brought together a mix of very experienced ministers and rookie TDs. With a reshuffle scheduled for later this year, Political Correspondent Senan Molony assesses who is swimming and sinking.
Leo Varadkar and Chief Whip Jack Chambers were sent angry letters from constituents who claimed a new 30kmh speed limit in Dublin’s Phoenix Park was damaging their cars or forcing their vehicles to cut out altogether.
I’m a full-time carer for my son who is going to be 17 years old next month. He requires 24-hour care. He is a wheelchair user. He has complex medical needs, a severe/profound intellectual disability and is non-verbal.
In this era of populism there is always one easy answer to all our problems, and the latest easy answer became clear midweek as we listened to Sam. Sam was the young Dubliner who got pulled up on stage to play with popular beat combo The Killers in Malahide on Tuesday night. As Sam did the rounds of radio interviews, one thing became clear. He was the only truly happy person in Ireland. He was the antidote to the cost of living, the protocol, the return of Covid. The rest of us, in our negativity, were tempted to say: “Enjoy it while you can kid. It’s all downhill from here.” But still, you couldn’t take it away from Sam. He was purely, simply, joyfully happy.
Bill Browder, the financier and political activist who is a long-time critic of the Kremlin, has criticised Tánaiste Leo Varadkar and Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe for meeting with a UK Conservative life peer to discuss his plan to take over the Aughinish Alumina refinery in Limerick.
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has said an “economic regime change” is now under way and has warned the Government’s balance sheet cannot be used to absorb all of the current price shock. In the prevailing inflation crisis, however, it is more important than ever that whatever further assistance is made available in the budget later this year — to mitigate the cost of living — be primarily targeted at those who need it most.
I fully concur with the sentiments of Tom Cooper in his letter (‘Time to finally honour the work of Dr Kathleen Lynn’, Irish Independent, June 7). I was delighted to recognise Ailbhe Smyth, Prof Mary Aiken and Kellie Harrington with the Freedom of the City of Dublin, which I will formally award on Saturday.
A huge majority of the public believes there will be an economic recession in the next 12 months, according to the latest Sunday Independent/Ireland Thinks opinion poll.
TÁNAISTE Leo Varadkar has defended his decision to meet with the company behind the proposed Shannon Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal while the planning application for the controversial project is live.
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