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Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar TD at the 2017 Fine Gael Autumn Think- In in Clonmel , County Tipperary this morning

This morning.

At the Fine Gael think-in, Clonmel, County Tipperary

“This ambition to build the Republic of Opportunity is in many ways the modern iteration of the Just Society.  It combines the best ideas from the right with the best ideas from the left.  It is the politics of the new centre.

It is also the politics of progress and change.  So, when we say the centre must hold, we do not mean that things should stay the same. 

We mean that we will lead change not from the extremes but from the centre.  Giving people, families and businesses the certainty with which they can plan for the future.  


….Where we have scope in the budget, it will be used to reward work and enterprise, and will benefit those on middle incomes who pay the highest rates of tax on far too modest incomes. 

We will back business, farmers and enterprise

High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work. They are a cap on aspiration and there should be no cap on aspiration in the Republic we wish to build…”

“…You can tell a lot about a society by how it treats its most vulnerable. We have provided medical cards to all children with severe disability irrespective of their parents’ income, because we know they will need more regular access to health care, and parents shouldn’t have to worry about the costs.

And every working day, we provide housing for 80 individuals and families. There are 20,000 new tenancies a year because we believe everyone should have a home.

So when people mention style, I think of all that substance.

The Republic of Opportunity is not a slogan or empty PR. It is a way of thinking about how to improve people’s lives and we’re only getting started…”

“…Some political parties – especially those on the left – believe in a culture of dependency and victimhood. They like it when people are down and dependent. They want the system to fail so they can build influence and support.

Fine Gael will never talk down to people. We will always try to offer people a way up and way forward.

Committing to build a Republic of Opportunity means that we are proud of our ambition to create a culture of aspiration. Where people are encouraged to be the best they can possibly be. Encouraged to reach their potential and to make a better life for themselves and their children.

That is why I joined Fine Gael, and I’m sure why you did too.

For me, Fine Gael is not and has never been a party of privilege.

We are the party of aspiration.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar


Full text here


Helen McEntee, new junior minister for European affairs, with her fellow junior ministers following their appointments yesterday afternoon with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, centre

This afternoon.

Further to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s choice of junior ministers yesterday…

Fine Gael has released the following statement:

Fine Gael in Government has done more than any other party before it, in terms of gender equality in politics.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has maintained the highest number of female Cabinet Ministers in the history of the State – first achieved in July 2014 .

Currently there are four female full Cabinet Ministers, including the Tánaiste, and in addition, a female Super Junior Minister who sits at Cabinet.

Of the 11 Fine Gael female TDs, six are either Ministers of Junior Ministers, including the Super Junior Minister, meaning 55% of Fine Gael female TDs occupy senior Government positions. Of the five Fine Gael female TDs who are not Ministers, four are first-time TDs.

Fine Gael introduced gender quotas cutting funding to political parties if they failed to run at least 30% women candidates at the General Election.

As a result of this, the 2016 election saw 35 women elected to the Dáil. This was the highest number of women ever elected to the Dáil and a 40% increase on 2011.

Fine Gael has more women elected to the Dáil than any other party. However, there is no room for complacency and we continue to work to encourage more women into politics.

Fine Gael ran more female candidates than any other party in the last local elections of 2014. In that election we had the highest number of female candidates ever to feature on a Fine Gael ticket.

The party gave every possible support to these female candidates in their electoral bids, including training and mentoring specific to the challenges faced by women in politics.

Fine Gael is completely committed to increasing the number of women actively participating in politics and will continue to seek to boost the number of women at al levels of the party.


Related: Leo’s London romance shattered by women trouble back home (Ellen Coyne, The Times)

Previously: It’s Good To Be King

Statement via Hugh O’Connell

This evening.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

Helen McEntee, new junior minister for European affairs (top third front right), joins her fellow  freshly-minted, all-male junior ministers following their appointments this afternoon.

Above from left: Brendan Griffin, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Tourism and Sport; Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran TD; Michael D’Arcy, Minister of State at the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform with special responsibility for Financial Services and Insurance; Leo Varadkar; Ciarán Cannon, Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade with special responsibility for the Diaspora and International Development; Jim Daly, Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People; John Paul Phelan, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with special responsibility for Local Government and Electoral Reform.



“Who was that lady person?”


This morning.

Fine Gael Councillor, Brian Murphy commenting on the Economist facebook page regarding the book, The Strange Death of Europe.

Ronan writes:

I broke my own rule about reading the comment section and found a FG councillor calling muslims ‘barbarians’ on an Economist Facebook post about the Douglas Murray book ‘The Strange Death of Europe’. The book essentially says Muslims have no place in Europe, the Guardian described it as  gentrified xenophobia’. Anyway, enjoy the photos!

Previously: The Traveller Card



Brendan O’Loughlin, of Dublin’s 98FM, reported:

Dublin City Council says the Housing Minister has pulled out of appearing at its monthly meeting later. Simon Coveney hasn’t explained why he can’t make it to discuss tackling the city’s homeless problem.

A spokesperson from the Department of Housing told 98FM that Minister Coveney is simply “not available” for [yesterday] evening’s meeting.

Housing Minister Pulls Out Of City Council Meeting (Dublin’s 98FM)




This afternoon.

Mansion House, Dublin 2

Counting well underway for the Fine Gael Leadership ballot.

More as they tabulate them.

Earlier; Countdown

Leo X




We now await the elected members’ vote…The Broadsheet Live Tracker will return after a quick cig….


At the Mansion House.

Fine Gael’s Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (and Leo Varadkar supporter) Heather Humphreys spoke to Bryan Dobson on RTE News Now.

During the interview:

Dobson: “I mean Nora Owen [former Fine Gael justice minister and Simon Coveney supporter] was saying just a few moments ago that the rush of endorsements, by people like yourself, of Leo Varadkar, at an early stage in all of this, was resented by the membership. They felt that they were being denied their chance to have a say in this campaign. Would you accept that that was perhaps a mistake by the Varadkar camp in those early stages?”

Humphreys: “No, I don’t accept it was a mistake but of course this is a new process and this is the first time that Fine Gael has elected a leader in this way. But I was very clear at the early stages and I absolutely supported Leo as leader of Fine Gael and as our new Taoiseach. And I think I did the right thing because people would be wondering, well what is she, what way is she going to vote? And my members deserve to know exactly where I stood on it and I have consulted with many members before I made my final decision.”

From the Mansion House via RTE

Simon Coveney arrives just before the FG membership vote is announced.

Gerry O’Connell, chairman of the Fine Gael National Executive (above) announces the following tally for the Fine Gael membership, the first electoral college.

Simon Coveney: 7,051

Leo Varadkar: 3,772