Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, 40, discovers he has the metabolism of a 53-year-old during ‘Operation Transformation’ last night on RTÉ 1

One thing that I don’t like to see
Is a Taoiseach whose younger than me
But now I’m quite glad
Leo’s health is so bad
The computer says he’s fifty three.

John Moynes

34 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Dhaughton99

    RTE will try anything and everything to keep giving that bloody program a headline. Only thing missing is a Dermot Bannon cameo.

    1. Spud

      We need a cameo from the new National Children’s Hospital as it keeps ‘piling on the pounds’…

        1. Cian

          yes. that aligns with what was said to the PAC. BAM aren’t the only people that are building the hospital:

          Construction costs:
          •€14.5m for decanting costs in relation to the site
          •€5.8m for aspergillosis, which is about infection control in the hospital during the course of construction
          •€550m for main contractor BAM
          •€177m for the Jones Group
          •€157m for Mercury, another contractor
          •There is also an extra contractor providing lifts

          So far, that adds up to €890m, and is described as the main construction costs.

          A further construction cost added on is:
          •€53.4m for outpatient and urgent care centres in Tallaght and Connolly

          That comes to €963.7m, plus VAT at €130.1m.

          That gives a total figure of €1,093.8m (or €1.0938 billion) as the gross construction costs of the project.

          Other costs related to the construction are as follows:
          •€87.9m to equip the hospital with MRIs and furniture
          •€13.6m for planning and development fees
          •€13.6m for development levies payable to various local authorities
          •€71.3m for design team fees
          •€51.3m as a contingency
          •€66.04m to cover the cost of running the National Paediatric Development Board Company for the entire course of the project, and their legal and professional fees

          These costs add to €290.1m. The gross of these costs – including VAT of €49m – is €339.1m.

          Added to the construction costs of €1.0938bn, it results in a building cost of €1.433bn.

          Other costs are being handled by the Children’s Hospital Group, outside of the construction. These are:
          •€18m for the Children’s Research and Innovation Centre
          •€97m for information and communications technology in relation to computers
          •€86m for the children’s hospital integration programme, for the integration of the Children’s Hospital at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght
          •€52m for a new electronic healthcare records system
          •Approximately €40m of a write-off paid for the Mater Hospital site, which was the original first option that did not proceed

          “Those costs come to €293m, giving a grand total, as of today, of €1.7 billion,” said Mr Fleming.

          https://www.rte.ie/news/politics/2019/0131/1026666-pac-childrens-hospital/

  2. millie st murderlark

    Our Great Leader is a bit of a gym bunny or so I heard on the wireless this morning.

  3. Pee Pee

    By my calculations hes aging at a rate of 13.2% above the norm. Going by average life expectancy, he should be dead in 16 years and 3 months, give or take.

  4. Mike

    Are those readings reliable? When I started weight training my reading on the macheen in my gym went from metabolic age of 24 to 36.

    Maybe Leo is all about the gainz right now… or maybe he just lives on take-aways.

    1. Milk Teeth

      Not really – they’re basically the same as BMI. So it factors in your age, weight and height. I guess you were bulking up so upping both your BMI and your metabolic age despite probably getting healthier. I have very little faith in BMI (its fine for most people but there’s a lot its really not good for) and zero faith in metabolic age…

  5. Daisy Chainsaw

    And if he gets sick he’ll waltz into a private hospital, oblivious of the mess in state hospitals, and wonder why the nurses are striking.

  6. Joe Small

    He did not take it well. He may be sporty now but a few years ago he was quite flabby. I wonder do this kind of change take longer. Some people are just more prone to putting on weight.

  7. Spaghetti Hoop

    A lot of people, despite being up very early in the morning, find it difficult to incorporate the gym into their long working day and family responsibilities – or indeed cannot afford the membership fees so snatch some exercise time in the park / beach / mountains. But carry on there Leo with your PR stunts.

    1. Junkface

      I found since quitting the gym that I enjoy running in the park on weekends a lot more. I actually feel fitter and my distance is improving each week and I lost a little weight, whereas using a treadmill in the gym made me HATE running and I was not covering as much distance. Maybe its natural habitat and all of that stimulation.

      Leo should run in the park with a backpack on, you lose more pounds than in the gym.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        need to be careful with that – gave myself a recurring back problem doing that, took me a while to cop what was causing it. get a weighted vest (can get a decent one for €40), much better.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          it was invented as an instrument of torture in British prisons originally, plus I think it messes up your gait

  8. Ian-O

    RTE providing oral services yet again to the gubbamint.

    Nothing will make that clown look like a mammal. I’d say he has to sleep in the hot press to give him the required body temperature to operate in our climate.

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